FIRST PLACE WINNER will receive a cash prize of $2,000 as well as an invitation to perform a complete concerto or comparable work(s) with one of the Eastern Festival Orchestras during the summer season following the competition. Actual repertoire for the performance will be based on mutual agreement between EFO and the competition winner. A First Place Winner is not eligible to return for future competitions.
SECOND PLACE WINNER will receive a cash prize of $1,500. Should the First Place Winner be unable to perform with the orchestra, the Second Place Winner will be invited to fulfill this engagement.
THIRD PLACE WINNER will receive a cash prize of $1,000.
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNER will receive a cash prize of $1,000.
AFFILIATE STUDIO PRIZE: New this year! We will be introducing a studio prize for the 2016 Competition, in which $1,000 will be awarded to the studio of primary instruction, made payable to the institution, that provided the First Place Winner's eligibility to participate in the competition.
ALL OTHER FINALISTS will receive a cash prize of $300.
Please note: All prizewinners must complete appropriate IRS (Internal Revenue Service) forms to receive disbursement of prize monies. Payments of $1,500 or more may be subject to North Carolina or Federal withholding.
Prize Award Eligibility Conditional upon authorization for employment in the United States or otherwise eligible to receive payment under state and federal laws.