A panel of distinguished musicians and collegiate educators will serve as jurors for the Rosen-Schaffel Competition preliminary round. Based on recordings submitted in mp3 format, jurors will select eight (8) finalists, via a blind adjudication process, to compete on Sunday, July 30, 2017 in Boone, North Carolina, at a public event held as part of An Appalachian Summer Festival's 2016 season.
In the final live round of the competition, a panel of prominent symphony conductors will select a First Place, Second Place and Third Place Winner. The decision of the judges is final. In addition, the competition audience will select an “Audience Choice Award Winner.”