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Performance and Competition Opportunities

Updated: Feb 2

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 the 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 competition for more information.

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 has passed. Check back next year!

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

Bucks County Choral Society: Voices of the Future Competition

Who is eligible? This competition is open to those in grades 9-12, who live in—or attend school in—Bucks County, PA.

Registration is currently open

Deadline to apply: March 4, 2022

Bucks County Symphony Orchestra: Youth Concerto Competition

Who is Eligible?: Auditions are open to all musicians 14 years of age or younger on April 30, 2022 who play an orchestral instrument other than piano. Interested student musicians must live in Bucks or Montgomery County in Pennsylvania or within a 30-mile radius of Doylestown PA.

Competition Date: April 30th, 2022

Application Deadline: April 22nd, 2022

Bucks Fever Talent Show 2022

Bucks Fever Poster 2022 & Information

Who is eligible? Anyone who loves and has a little to a lot of experience in music, magic, dance, art, poetry, etc.!

Submission Deadline: Feb. 3rd, 2022

Date of Talent Show: March 10th, 2022

Entry Form is online: https://bucksfevertalentshow.org/forms/

Charleston International Music Competition:

This organization operates many different music competitions throughout the year. Check their website frequently for updates, there are too many different options to be listed on this page!

Next upcoming Competitions: 2022 Classical Music Competition & 2022 Winter Music Competition

Crescendo International Music Competitions:

This organization hosts two different competitions each year. Check their website for full information.

Crescendo International Competition: Applications generally open in the Fall around October. The 2021-2022 Competition deadlines have passed. Check back in the Fall of 2022 for new dates.

Little Mozarts Competition: Applications generally open in the spring around March or April. Check their website by April 2022 for updated info.

Delaware Valley Music Club: Bart Pitman Scholarship

Who is Eligible: College or conservatory-bound high school seniors who plan to declare a major in classical piano or organ in the fall semester of 2022 are invited to apply for the $6,000 Bart Pitman piano/organ scholarship. The applicant must reside in or study with a teacher who resides in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. Award money will be applied to the winner’s college tuition package.

Deadline to Apply: April 10th, 2022 (apply online here)

Glory Open International Vocal Competition

Who is eligible? The competition is open to singers of all countries and nationalities worldwide.

Registration opens: February 3, 2022.

Deadline to apply: February 13, 2022.

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.

Hammerstein International Youth Solo Contest:

Who is eligible? The contest is open to all singers of all nationalities, ages 5-23 years old. For 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

Registration opens: January 14, 2022

Kaufman Music Center

Who is eligible? Open to young pianists up to age 18, the Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition awards more than $12,000 in cash prizes and allows winners to perform in New York's prestigious Merkin Hall. Click on the link for all the information and details.

Deadline to apply with preliminary round recording: February 15th, 2022

Results announced March 15.

Important Dates:

APR 20: Semifinal recordings due. Results announced May 1.

JUNE 21 & 22: Finals take place in person at Merkin Hall.

JUNE 23, 2 pm: Winners Concert at Merkin Hall

National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center:

Who is eligible? The Program is open, by recorded video audition, to students ages 15-20 who are seriously considering music as a career and willing to devote themselves to a holistic musical education.

Deadline: Monday, January 31, 2022

Warminster Symphony Orchestra: Young Artists Competition

Who is eligible? This competition is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists who are no more than 18 years of age. Applicants must currently reside in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia or Mercer Counties in New Jersey.

Prizes: There are two competition divisions- the Youth Division and the Children's Division. Winners in both categories are awarded cash prizes and a performance opportunity with the Warminster Symphony Orchestra

Registration opens early 2022

Deadline to submit application: March 25, 2022.

Auditions: April, 2022 at The Conservatory!

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