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Performance and Competition Opportunities

The Conservatory believes that performance experience is crucial to the development of any musician and formal competitions are a great way to apply the skills a student is developing through private music lessons. The Conservatory is frequently notified of local and national music competitions and we receive many requests for more information about how students can get involved in these programs. In an effort to provide greater awareness of these unique opportunities to our students and wider community, we have compiled a list of local and national competitions that we have been made aware of. This post will be updated throughout the year as we receive new event information.


***Please note that The Conservatory does not endorse one event over another and we have no formal association with or membership in any of these programs. This list is only designed to be a resource for interested students and families.***


Please click on each individual competition for more more information.


Bucks County Choral Society:

Deadline to apply: December 6, 2021

Who is eligible? 10-12 year old voice students living, or attending school in, Bucks County, PA.


Hammerstein International Youth Solo Contest:

Registration opens: January 14, 2022

Who is eligible? The contest is open to all singers of all nationalities, ages 5-23 years old. For the purposes of this contest age categories are as follows. ​

  • Elementary School [E] – Students enrolled in Kindergarten – 5th Grade

  • Middle School [M ] – Students enrolled in 6th – 8th Grade

  • High School [H ] – Students enrolled in 9th – 12th Grade

  • College [C] – Undergraduate College Students in either their Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior Year of College

  • Local Category – All singers that reside in Bucks County will be automatically entered into the local category in addition to their age category contest

Golden Key Music Festival:

Deadline to apply: February 1, 2022

Who is eligible? The 2022 Festival is open to instrumentalists (solo and ensembles) and vocalists ages 5 and older.


Charleston International Music Competition:

Deadline to apply: December 15, 2021

Who is eligible? The 2021 International Piano Competition is open to solo pianists and piano ensembles of all ages and nationalities. Music pieces or movements from composers born in any time period will be accepted.

  • Pianists of all ages are encouraged to apply, especially young children who may not have much experience but are enthusiastic about sharing their musical abilities. We do not have any age restrictions and have had winners as young as 4 years old and other winners into their 70s.

American Protégé Competitions:


Piano and Strings Competition 2022:

Who is eligible? The American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition is open to school students and adults of all nationalities and countries. All instruments, including piano, strings, voice and winds are welcome to participate in the Competition. Participants are required to submit video/audio recording materials for the audition.

Deadline: January 20, 2022


Concerto Competition 2022:

Who is eligible? The American Protégé International Concerto Competition is open to all instruments, including strings, piano, voice and winds. Participants are required to submit video/audio recording materials for the audition. We invite school students and adults to participate in the Competition. There is no age limit for the adult participants.

Deadline: February 20, 2022



Vocal Competition 2022:

Who is eligible? The American Protégé International Vocal Competition is designed for singers who would like to challenge themselves in a very competitive environment. The Competition is open to solo vocalists and vocal groups of all ages, nationalities and countries. We invite school students and adults to participate in the Competition. There is no age limit for the adult participants.

Deadline: June 10, 2022


Crescendo International Competition:

Who is eligible? Crescendo International Music Competition is a youth music competition held annually since 2007.

Registration opens: October 15th, 2021.






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