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.”