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Jury Process

A panel of distinguished musicians and collegiate educators will serve as jurors for the preliminary round. Based on recordings submitted, jurors will select the overall top 6 applicants via a blind adjudication process to compete at a public event held as part of An Appalachian Summer Festival's 2019 season. In the event that one of the finalists selected cannot compete in the final round, 2 alternates will be named.

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.”

Morgan Short with judges

2018 Competition winner with judges. From left to right: Roger Kalia, Robert Moody, Gerard Schwarz, Morgan Short and Jacomo Bairos.