These competitions are designed for the advanced students capable of performing at the highest level. A winner is often named and cash awards may be awarded. There are many events that are available to students who perform at this level. Here are a few local events that are popular.

Julia Bartles Concerto Competition

  • Bi-annual concerto Competition January 28-29, 2023, at Immanuel School of Music, KY.
  • Registration deadline: January 13th, 2023. Registration fee $50.  Winner performs with The Youth Sinfonia on February 12th 2023 at 2:00 PM at Memorial Hall, Cincinnati, OH. 

Music Teacher’s National Conference National Competition

  • Ohio Preliminaries, October 2022. Deadline September 2022.
  • East Central Division, Semi-Finals, On-line Video Submission
  • Nationals, March 24-28, 2023. Reno, Nevada.
  • Entry Deadline: September, 2022.
  • Elementary (Composition only), Entry Fee $50
  • Junior Division (ages 11-14), Entry Fee $80, Top Prize $1000
  • Senior Division (ages 15-18), Entry Fee $110, Top Prize $2000
  • Young Artist (ages 19-26), Entry Fee $120
  • 20-30 minute program to consist of two contrasting pieces from different eras.

Carmel Klavier International Competition

  • Registration opens, January
  • Entry Deadline: March, 2023
  • Preliminaries: An unedited video sent via YouTube link, $80 entry fee
  • Semifinals: End of June.  Live round of 6-16 minutes according to the level. $120 entry fee, which includes the Final round
  • Semifinals and Finals, June 28-July 2, 2023 at the Center of the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana
  • Categories: Solo, Duet, Ensemble, Concerto, Contemporary Composers
  • Elementary A1-A2 (ages 5-7), Elementary B1-B2 (ages 8-9)
  • Intermediate A1-A2 (ages 10-11), Intermediate B1-B2 (ages 12-13)
  • Advanced A1-A2 (ages 14-15), Advanced B1-B2 (ages 16-18)
  • Two original contrasting pieces from different eras

Overture Awards

  • Entry Deadline: December 13, 2022. Application opens September 19, 2022.
  • Regionals, January, 2023. Online submission.
  • Semi-finals, announced January 17, 2023.
  • Finalists announces February 21, 2023.
  • Finals’ rehearsal March 24, 2023.  
    Finals: March 25, 2023 at Jarson Kaplan Theater, Aronoff Center in Cincinnati
  • Sponsored by the Cincinnati Arts Association, Entry Fee $20.00
  • Instrumental Division, students must be in grades 9-12
  • Top prize $4000.00, all finalists get $1000.00
  • Students perform one selection from memory, must be less than five minutes

Pre-Collegiate Buckeye Competition

  • Southwest District Competition, April, 2023, Fee $110, Location Ascension Lutheran Church.
  • Finals, June, 2023.
  • Elementary Division, ages 9-11, performs 5-10 minute program
  • Junior Division, ages 12-14, performs 6-12 minute program
  • Senior Division, ages 15-18, performs 9-18 minute program
  • Movement from a classical sonata required in the Senior Division
  • All contestants must perform at least two pieces from different eras

West Hills Music Club Achievement Audition

The West Hills Music Club Music Achievement Audition is a competition for instrumental performers in grades 8, 9, and 10.
Auditions date: Saturday, March 25, 2023, 12:00-3:30 PM at Oak Hills Presbyterian Church.

Eligibility: Either the teacher or the student must reside on the west side of Cincinnati to be eligible to enter the Audition. For purpose of clarity, the west side is “bounded on the north by I-275, on the east by Vine Street, on the west by the Ohio-Indiana border and on the south by the Ohio river.” 

Awards: First Prize, $250; Second Prize, $225; Third Prize, $200.

Registration deadline:  FEBRUARY 25, 2023. Ask Dr. Rua for more details if interested.

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