2018 GUIDE TO COMPETITIONS


AGO/ECS Publishing Award in Choral Composition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The competition seeks outstanding compositions for SATB chorus and organ in which the organ plays a distinctive and significant role; requirements vary for each competition. There is a $2000 cash prize and publication by ECS Publishing.
MAIN OFFICE
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260
New York, NY 10115
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The competition is open to all composers except AGO/ECS past winners. Membership in the AGO is not required.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Organ • SATB chorus.
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Biennial
First prize Less than $10,000
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline July 1, 2018
Application notes Deadline subject to change.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Not open to the public

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
THE AMERICAN PRIZE: Providing evaluation recognition and reward to America's finest performing artists ensembles and composers based on recorded performances. Professional, college/university, community, high school. No age limits.
The American Prize is proud to have awarded over $50,000 in cash prizes in all categories since 2010.
MAIN OFFICE
25 Hamilton Drive, Suite 100
The Opera Cottage
Danbury, CT 06811
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The competitions of The American Prize are open to all U.S. citizens, whether living in this country or abroad, and to others currently living, working and/or studying in the United States of America, its protectorates and territories. There are no age limits. There are separate categories for professional, college/university, community and high school age solo musicians and ensembles.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Conducting • Piano • Strings • Voice • Conductors • Composers • Pianists (Lorin Hollander Award) • Classical Vocalists (Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Awrd) • Orchestras • Choruses • Bands • Opera Companies • Musical Theater Company
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
First prize Less than $10,000
Smallest prize Less than $5,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) David Katz, chief judge
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline June 30, 2018
Application notes Final deadline for composers, chamber musicians, instrumental soloists, classical vocalists and pianists is April 30, 2018
Final deadline for conductors, ensembles, stage directors, arts administrators, and American music performance in June 30, 2018
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
The American Prize judges recorded performances only, submitted via online links or on disc. There is no live competition. The contests select Semi-finalists, Finalists, Runners-Up and Winners in separate announcements over the course of the year.
FINALS (live rounds)
The American Prize judges recorded performances only, submitted via online links or on disc. There is no live competition. The contests select semifinalists, finalists, runners-up and winners in separate announcements over the course of the year.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Not open to the public
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2015 Judith Lang Zaimont, composer
2014 Greg Wramage, composer
2013 Nan Harrison Washburn, conductor
2012 Kenneth Kiesler, conductor
2012 Pensacola Symphony, professional orchestra
2010 Roomful of Teeth, professional chorus
SOCIAL LINKS

Barlow Endowment for Music Composition--Prize Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The 2018 winning composer receives a $12,000 commission for a major new work of 9-12 minutes for SATB unaccompanied choir. The work is performed by consortium of choirs: BYU Singers (Utah); Grammy nominated choir, Seraphic Fire (Florida); and Grammy nominated choir and Margaret Hillis Award recipient, The Crossing (Pennsylvania).
MAIN OFFICE
A-501 HFAC
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
There are no restrictions with regard to musical style, nationality, age, gender, race, religion, or political persuasion. The only limitations are: 1) composers who have won the Barlow Prize in the previous five years will not be considered; and 2) members of the Barlow Boards are not eligible.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Composition
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
First prize $10,000 to $50,000
Smallest prize $11,000 to $50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline June 1, 2018
Application notes This deadline is a RECEIPT deadline, NOT mailing deadline.
FINALS (live rounds)
Notification of winners will be announced on website and Facebook by September 15 annually.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Not open to the public
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2017 Stacy Garrop, composer - reed quintet
2016 Gilad Cohen, composer - violin and piano
2015 Alberto Colla, composer - symphony orchestra
2014 Ben Hjertmann, composer - saxophone quartet
2013 Narong Prongchareon, composer - wind ensemble
SOCIAL LINKS

Cleveland International Piano Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Twenty-seven of the world’s most promising young concert pianists perform in multiple rounds for the chance to appear with The Cleveland Orchestra in Severance Hall, more than $170,00 in prizes, management services, a CD recording, and NY debut. A concurrent festival offers concerts, films, concert talks, and panel discussions.
MAIN OFFICE
20600 Chagrin Boulevard, Suite 1110
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
Pianists ages 18-30.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Quadrennial
First prize $10,000 to $50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline December 1, 2019
FINALS (live rounds)
TBD
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2016 Nikita Mndoyants, piano
2013 Stanislav Khristenko, piano
2007 Alexander Ghindin, piano
1999 Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano
1985 Sergei Babayan, piano
Daejin Kim, piano
SOCIAL LINKS

Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition is an annual competition open to instrumentalists and chamber ensembles performing classical and non-traditional repertoire. CAG offers comprehensive management services including concert bookings, commissioning and recording opportunities, and marketing and publicity support. Competition winners are presented at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall.
MAIN OFFICE
850 Seventh Ave, PH-A
New York, NY 10019
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The suggested age limit for individuals is 30 and 35 for singers. Instrumentalists over 30 and singers over 35 must include a statement explaining why they consider themselves to be in the early stages of a professional career.
The suggested average age limit for ensembles is 30 (including ensembles with one singer), and 35 for vocal ensembles. Ensembles with an average age higher than suggested must include a statement explaining why they consider themselves to be in the early stages of a professional career. No individual member of an instrumental ensemble may be aged over 35, and no individual member of a vocal ensemble may be aged over 40. Ensembles should have been in existence with the same membership for at least 12 months prior to the Competition.
THE 2018 Competition is closed to the following instruments/ensembles: solo harpischord, early music fortepiano, organ, guitar duo, and two-piano duo. Applicants with North American management are not eligible.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano • Strings • Voice •
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
First prize None
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline April 14, 2018
Application notes Earlybird application deadline: March 31 (save $25 on the application fee)
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
All disciplines: October 2018, New York City
FINALS (live rounds)
All Disciplines: October 2018 in New York City
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2008 Claire Chase, flute
1998 eighth blackbird
1997 Pacifica String Quartet
1994 Jennifer Koh, violin
1973 David Shifrin, clarinet
SOCIAL LINKS

Concours musical international de Montréal - CMIM
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The CMIM is one of the world’s most highly regarded classical music competitions; the only one in North America to be held annually and to present three disciplines (voice, violin, piano) in a 3-year rotation. Prizes total half a million dollars per cycle and winners benefit from many professional opportunities.
MAIN OFFICE
JMC/CMIM offices
305 Mont-Royal Avenue East
Montreal, Quebec H2T 1P8
CANADA
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
Voice 2018 age limit: born in 1983 or later; Violin 2019 age limit: born in 1990 or later; Piano 2020 age limit: born in 1990 or later
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano • Strings •
Voice
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Annual
First prize $10,000 to $50,000
Smallest prize Less than $5,000
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) André Bourbeau, président of the jury and President of CMIM
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline December 15, 2017
Application notes Violin 2019 - To be announced (refer to concoursmontreal.ca)
Voice 2018 - December 15, 2017**
**Indicates the application deadline for 2018 has passed; interested future applicants are referred to the competition website.
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Voice 2018:
Art Song semifinals: Bourgie Concert Hall, Montreal, Canada, June 1, 2018, 3 PM and 7:30 PM
Aria semifinals: Maison symphonique, Montreal, Canada, June 4-5, 2018, 7:30 PM
FINALS (live rounds)
Voice 2018:
Art Song finals: Bourgie Concert Hall, Montreal, Canada, 3 pm, June 3, 2018
Aria finals: Maison symphonique, Montreal, Canada, 7:30 pm, June 7, 2018
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2017 Zoltan Fejervari (Hungary), piano
2016 Ayana Tusji (Japan), violin
2015 Keonwoo Kim (tenor, South Korea), voice
2013 Marc Bouchkov (Belgium), violin
2011 Beatrice Rana (Italy), piano
SOCIAL LINKS

Discover National Chamber Music Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The Discover National Chamber Music Competition is designed to provide an educational as well as a competitive experience for young chamber ensembles. Overall winning ensembles will each receive a cash prize of $1000 and will perform on a Winners' Recital in March.
MAIN OFFICE
878 Lyster Road
Highwood, IL, 60040
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The competition is open to chamber ensembles in 12th grade and younger. Ensembles may consist of 3 to 8 musicians. Ensembles may use no more than one piano.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano • Strings •
Voice
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
First prize None
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline February 1, 2018
FINALS (live rounds)
February 2017, Bennett Gordon Hall, Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL, USA
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
MYA Division
2016 Meraki Quartet (Strings); TEFT Quintet (Winds)
2015 Trio Volta (Percussion)
2014 Quartet Fuoco (Strings); also Fischoff 2014 1st Place, Junior Division
Open Division2016 Calliope Trio (Strings); KGT Trio (Winds)
2015 Quartet Etoile (Strings)
2014 Vox String Quartet (Strings; Fischoff 2014 2nd Place Winner, Junior Division
SOCIAL LINKS

Fleischmann International Trophy Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Each year some of the finest amateur choirs are selected to compete for the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy. The selected choirs will also be scheduled for a range of additional festival activities throughout the week including fringe concerts church and informal performances.
MAIN OFFICE
Civic Trust House
50 Pope's Quay
Cork
IRELAND
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The Fleischmann International Trophy Competition consistently features top class adult choirs from many countries. A programme of a capella (purely vocal) music consisting of either three or four contrasting works whose total duration (actual singing) is between ten and twelve minutes, is required. The music must be purely vocal without the addition of percussion instruments. Choirs whose programmes do not comply with the prescribed limits will incur a time penalty.
The contrasting programme must represent an historically-balanced and coherent range of styles and must include: A piece composed before 1750; an original work by a living composer; a work by a composer of the choir’s native country.
Subsequent to final acceptance, a choir may not change its repertoire, nor the order in which it will be sung. The five member international jury allocates marks for the technical and artistic quality of the chosen programme and the overall quality of its performance. It will also take into account how well the choir communicates with the audience in a performance situation.
- Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 31st October of the preceding year.
- Open to any choir of international standing (except specifically children’s choirs)
- Minimum twenty/Maximum sixty voices
- Successful Applicants will be notified by fax or email within two weeks of the closing date
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Voice
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
First prize Less than €10,000
Smallest prize Less than €5,000
Jury chair(s) Maria Gamborg Helbekkmo, NORWAY
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline October 31, 2017
Application notes Application for Fleischmann International Trophy Competition happens annually on 31st of October each year
FINALS (live rounds)
Afternoon and evening concerts will hear some of the world’s top amateur choirs compete for the Fleischmann International Trophy; one of the most prestigious choral prizes in Europe. Judged by a panel of eminent musicians and choral experts, the competition is presented in a concert format and features music from Renaissance to contemporary and compositions from each choir’s home country. The competition occurs on the Saturday of the Festival in Cork's City Hall which happens annually on the five days preceding the May Bank Holiday weekend
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
SOCIAL LINKS


 
 

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