Competitions & Opportunities

YOL Concerto Competition 2018-19 Application Released!

Fill out this form to participate in the competition. You must be in the Symphony group to enter this competition.

2018 Concerto Results
YOL Concerto Competition Rules & Guidelines 2018-19(2)
Concerto Application 2018-19


The Abilene Philharmonic is holding its biennial Nelda Hodges Young Artist Competition with a first place prize of $1,500 to be used towards continued music education.
was established in 2008 to help support outstanding young musicians in the Abilene area.  The competition is open to woodwind, brass, percussion, string, and piano students between the ages of 12-18 that live in Texas School Regions 7, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, and have not yet graduated high school.

Applications are due by January 26, 2018 with the first round taking place February 24 and the second round on March 24.

For a application and competition rules please visit the website at or call 325.677.6710.

College Shadow Day

Boyer College of Music and Dance Temple University
Presser Hall, Room 129   2001 N. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
p: 215.204.6810

f: 215.204.4957

  • Members of The Philadelphia Orchestra teach our students
  • There are about 550 undergraduate Music majors at Temple, studying Performance, Music Education, Music Therapy, Composition, Theory, and Music History
  • We perform over 500 annual events and recently opened up our third orchestra
  • We recently appointed Andreas Delfs (former Milwaukee Symphony Music Director) as our Director for the Temple University Symphony Orchestra
  • Many of our concerts are livestreamed at


We also offer a Shadow Day opportunity for any high school student who is interested in being on campus to see what it is like to be a college student for a day. More info at

Orchestra Magazine Scholarship Essay Contest

Music Student Scholarship

Sponsored by: School Band & Orchestra Magazine

Applicant must be a student in a school music program. A 250-word essay responding to the following prompt is required: ‘Now more than ever, music education is important because….”

Application Deadline December 31
Scholarship, Grant, Fellowship or Contest Scholarship
Awarded every year? yes
Renewable? no
Must be repaid? no
Required to attend a specific school?

Contact Info:

School Band & Orchestra Magazine
Timeless Communications Corporation
6000 South Eastern Avenue, Suite J-14
Las Vegas, NV 89119 United States

Phone: (702) 479-1879
Fax: (702) 554-5340

TCA TEXAS Young Masters 

The Texas Commission on the Arts is offering $10,000 awards ($5,000 per year for two years) to the state’s most talented 8-11 grade artists and performers.  Applications are being accepted in areas of visual arts, literary arts, music, theater, dance, musical theater, folk and traditional arts, and media.

  • Applications and required supporting materials must be postmarked by November 15, 2017.
  • Applications, information and guidelines are available online at

In order to be considered for the grant, students must be legal U.S. residents living in Texas and participating in a school-based program, a summer institute, or a specialized course of study or receiving private lessons from a qualified professional instructor. They must also maintain passing grades in all academic areas. The Young Masters will be selected by a citizen panel of experts from across the state based on artistic excellence, level of commitment and quality of their proposed plan of study. Disbursement for this class of Young Masters will begin in the spring of 2018. The 2018 Young Masters recipients will be honored at a star-studded event in Austin, Texas in April 2018.

2018 National Festival March 14-17, Indianapolis, IN

Audition to Be Part of the Honor Ensembles at  National Festival, presented by Yamaha

This opportunity offers students the chance to be named as one of the nation’s outstanding high school musicians. As part of this National Festival, students perform on a national stage and gain world-class learning and performance opportunities with distinguished conductors, artists and master teachers.

Audition Guidelines:  (As of Aug 31, 2017)

  • Since this is the only chance for the student to be heard, the quality of the recording should be of utmost consideration. The quality of your recording will affect the evaluators’ ability to review and comment. A high quality audio and video recording is expected.
  • Review your recording(s) before you submit to check the sound level and ensure the best audio quality. 
  • Be aware of the acoustic environment in which you record. Background noise and poor sound quality make your recording difficult to evaluate.
  • Only unedited recordings can be accepted, and should be in high fidelity stereo.
  • Dress for a performance. This is a professional audition.  
  • State your name, age and high school at the beginning of your audition recording.

String Audition Requirements:

  • Two contrasting (in style and tempo) excerpts of your own choosing, each approximately two minutes in length. 

  • Students are encouraged to perform an excerpt that showcases technique and range, as well as an excerpt that 
showcases expressive and lyrical qualities.

To Apply

To apply, complete the online application form linked above in title. You must submit all information, audition fee and audition recording by the deadlines to be considered. Early deadlines are required for scholarship applicants. Apply by October 1, 2016 to be considered for Livingston Honors Scholarships. • Final deadline to audition for program without scholarship is November 1, 2016.

Application Requirements:

• To apply, the student must be a member of his/her school band or orchestra program if the school has a band or orchestra program. Homeschooled students are welcome to apply.

• Applicants must be currently enrolled in high school (American or international equivalent) or a certified program of home study and 19 years of age or younger as of March 11, 2017.

If you have trouble applying and submitting your audition recording online, please call 800.848.2263 for assistance.

Wind and Percussion Players:

• Wind and percussion players wanting to audition for the Honor Orchestra of America must apply using the Honor Band of America application and select “prefer orchestra.” Click here for requirements and deadlines for the Honor Band of America application.
 The Livingston Honors Scholarship:
• A limited number of performance-based scholarships will be awarded to select members of the 2017 Honor Orchestra of America who apply by October 1, 2016. Livingston Honors Scholarships are $250 scholarships toward the participation package cost.

We believe that every talented young musician, regardless of need or family circumstance, should have the chance to pursue his/her dreams.

Twelve years ago, FROM THE TOP partnered with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to create the Young Artist Award, a scholarship of up to $10,000 that includes a performance on NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley. We’d like your help in identifying great candidates for this Award!

Each year we select approximately 20 exceptional musicians between the ages of 8 and 18 for the Young Artist Award. Students can use their scholarship funds to further their musical development by purchasing new instruments, paying for private lessons, attending summer music programs, covering travel expenses for college auditions, and fulfilling other musical needs.

You can find more information about eligibility guidelines here on our website. We look forward to hearing from you and your students.



2017-2018 deadlines

October 2*
January 8
March 5

*high school seniors must apply by this deadline


Students who may not meet the financial criteria for the scholarship but are still interested in auditioning for an appearance on NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley may apply at any time throughout the year.


Do you or your students have questions about the Award?

We have answers at our FAQ.

Or give us a call at 617-437.0707 x121

or email us:


National Federation of Music Clubs

Essay Contest:

Download and Use This Form to enter for grades 7-12 and get an opportunity to earn a cash reward, bragging rights, and your picture in a nation-wide magazine! DEADLINE is in January!


Additional information on contests will be posted here throughout the year! For more information, visit: