Competitions

VAM’s annual competitions aim to identify the accomplishment of talented students and offer recognition for their hard work.  Awards include opportunities to perform as soloist with one of VAM’s orchestras and scholarships to assist students in advancing their musical studies.

2023/24 Applications Open

Kay Meek Competition

Who is eligible: VAM students 14 and older as of May 13, 2024

Application deadline: April 15, 2024

Competition dates: May 13, 2024

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Elsje de Ridder Armstrong Chamber Music Competition

Who is eligible: Chamber groups consisting of VAM registered students

Application deadline: May 13, 2024

Competition dates: June 8, 2024

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Alto Clef Festival

Who is eligible: VAM viola students

Application deadline: April 8, 2024

Competition dates: May 6, 2024

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Phyllis Salter Piano Competition

Who is eligible: VAM piano students ages 26 and under

Application deadline: April 8, 2024

Competition dates: April 29, 2024

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

2023/24 Applications Closed

Jerold Gerbrecht Woodwind & Brass Competition

Who is eligible: VAM woodwind, brass, & percussion students

Application deadline: January 29, 2024

Competition dates: February 26, 2024

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Edith Lando Gifted Youth Competition

Who is eligible: VAM students 13 and under as of December 31, 2023

Application deadline: January 15, 2024

Competition dates: February 12, 2024

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

VAMIS Concerto Competition

Who is eligible: Registered members of VAMIS

Application deadline: September 25

Competition dates: October 16

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

VAMJS Concerto Competition

Who is eligible: Registered members of VAMJS

Application deadline: September 25

Competition dates: October 16

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

VAMFP Debut Spotlight Solo Competition

Who is eligible: Registered members of VAMFP

Application deadline: September 25

Competition dates: October 16

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

BassFest Competition

Who is eligible: Bass students up to the age of 18 as of March 4, 2024. Open to non-VAM students.

Application deadline: February 5, 2024

Competition dates: March 4, 2024

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

VAMSO Vivaldi Competition

Who is eligible: Current VAMSO violinists

Application deadline: September 25, 2023

Competition dates: October 16, 2023

To apply: Apply online