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Application Procedures & Required Documents

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If you have trouble accessing the Application please contact Laura Kaufman at or call (828) 262-6084.

Note: Application materials must be submitted by eligible institutions, not individual contestants. Interested performers should contact their school/division/department offices for more information about institutional submissions.

Application Materials must include the following:

  • Completed Application Form
  • A description of the work to be performed at the competition, which must include all movements (if applicable), as well as timing for the work to be performed.
  • A brief biography of the contestant, including experience, history of study, honors, solo performances, reviews and any other pertinent information.
  • One high resolution, color (or black & white) digital photo suitable for publication (no smaller than 3" by 5”).
  • Recording of the selection to be performed in the competition. Selection will be uploaded to competition website at time of application. Recordings will be sent to professional adjudicators who will select the most qualified applicants to participate in the competition. Therefore, they must be anonymous to help protect the objectivity of the judging process. SUBMISSIONS THAT IDENTIFY THE APPLICANT TO THE JURORS IN THE AUDIO PORTION OF THE RECORDING WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
    • Must be complete works, including all movements of concertos or other multi-movement works, totaling a minimum of fifteen-twenty minutes of music. A single movement of a major concerto may be presented, as long as it meets the minimum time requirement. Cuts of accompaniment material are acceptable. 
    • Instrumentalists should submit concertos or other comparable works for soloist and orchestra.   
    • Vocalists should submit two-five contrasting arias or other comparable works (at least 2 of the works presented should be for soloist and orchestra). 
    • Please note that multi-movement works (or multiple works for vocalists) must be combined into one audio file. 
Finalists competing in the final live round will be expected to perform approximately fifteen-twenty minutes of music, which must be memorized. Appropriate cuts, especially of accompaniment material, are recommended.

Application Deadline: April 10, 2018

Applications and application materials MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE by Tuesday, April 10, 2018.