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Sound Espressivo Competitions and Auditions



Open Auditions

Apply by September 10, 2022

Open to performers, composers, and ensembles of all ages.

Selected artists will be invited to perform at the Weil Recital Hall Carnegie Hall.

Receive professionally produced video recording of their performance. Certificates, Medals, Teachers’ Recognition, Pictures

Presented in partnership with Progressive Musicians


colORCHESTRA Auditions

Application deadline October 1, 2022
Sound Espressivo is thrilled to announce a new undertaking for the 2022-23 season:

the colORCHESTRA Open Auditions

Presented in Partnership with

Brilliant Talent Discovery Awards, Progressive Musicians, Virtual Concert Halls, and /kor/ productions


This uniquely-designed audition is open to musicians of all ages who are available for soloist engagements within the 2022-23 and 2023-24 concert seasons. Selected artists will be awarded an appearance opportunity to perform solo with esteemed professional orchestras from around the world. This two-tiered audition has no accompanying requirements, is readily accessible by video submissions, and there is no time limit imposed on the selections that competitors choose to present—we want YOU to show us what you feel you do BEST!

Register for Upcoming Concerto Performance Dates:

FEBRUARY 17th & 19th, 2023

Western New York Chamber Orchestra

Classics #3​
Glen Cortese, Conductor​

​BEETHOVEN: Coriolan Overture
colORCHESTRA Auditions Winners – soloists and repertory TBA

​​Westminster Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, NY
​Friday, February 17, 2023 7:30 p.m​King Concert Hall, Fredonia, NY
Saturday, February 18, 2023 7:30 p.m




Emory Young Artist Piano Competition

Deadline The application AND prescreening repertoire must be submitted by midnight, December 1, 2016

The mission of the Emory University Young Artist Piano Competition is to give exceptional young pianists the opportunity to advance their skills by performing in a public setting. The competition is open to the public with a live audience attending the finals beginning at 12:00 pm on Sunday, January 29, 2017 in Cherry Logan Emerson Hall, an 800-seat hall at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Following a prescreening round, 12 finalists (and three alternates) will be chosen to perform and compete live at the competition final.

First Prize: $1000 plus Concerto Performance Engagement with
LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, Richard Prior,
Music Director and Conductor
Solo performance at Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta’s
Atlanta Young Artists Concert
Second Prize2nd: $500
Third Prize3rd: $300
Audience PrizeAudience: $300

The American Association for Development of the Gifted and Talented17th International Young Musicians Festival “Passion of Music 2017”

The Festival is open for young (ages 5 through 26) instrumentalists
(piano, strings, winds), vocalists and chamber ensembles.

FESTIVAL’S WINNERS will be invited to perform at the Passion of Music’s Recital Concerts at

MARCH 12, 2017 OR JUNE 24, 2017

Please visit our website to find more information about AADGT and our festivals.


is a series of international classical music competitions for young instrumentalists and singers. It’s not for composers.

The competition pays tribute to the art of the Concerto/Concertino’s large-scale musical form.
Applications due September 8-October 8

Masters of Sonata

Applications due September 8-October 8


The Reinecke Youth Chamber Music Competition and Fellowship Program is an unparalleled opportunity for aspiring young musicians to become immersed in the field of chamber music, and to have the opportunity to be mentored by professional musicians. Three winners are selected as fellows each year, and these fellows are paired with a member of the Monument Piano Trio for a series of coaching sessions to take place during the winter of the year. The culmination of the program is a public concert during the CMSMD season, where each Fellow performs a solo piece and then join to perform a chamber music work (chosen in collaboration between the fellows, mentors, and private teachers of winning students). The Fellowship concert takes place in Lutherville, Maryland and is professionally recorded. At the time of this concert each Fellow is presented with a $1000 award to further his/her musical studies. The 2016-2017 Fellows will also perform at various other venues throughout the region, in an effort to build performance experience and exposure.


September 5 – Application Period Opens

October 21 – Application Period Closes

October 31 – Winners Announced

November 15 – Program Repertoire Finalized

December to March – Mentorship Period

Music Teachers National Association MTNA 2016–2017 General Competitions Guidelines

  • Application deadline is 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.
  • MTNA active membership dues must be paid before submission of the application. Entrants will be assessed a $150 nonmember teacher fee if the membership is not paid for the 2016–2017 membership year.


Elementary (Composition Only)

      • Age: 5–10 as of January 1, 2017
      • Entry Fee: $50


      • Age: 11–14 as of January 1, 2017
      • Competitions: Composition,  Piano, String and Woodwind
      • Performance Entry Fee: $80
      • Composition Entry Fee: $70


      • Age: 15–18 as of January 1, 2017
      • Competitions: Composition, Brass, Piano, String, Voice and Woodwind
      • Piano Duet (one piano/four hands) Age: 11–18 as of January 1, 2017, with at least one student age 15–18.
      • Performance Entry Fee: $110
      • Composition Entry Fee: $100


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