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.

2018/19 Applications Available

Kay Meek Competition

Who is eligible: VAM students age 14 and over as of May 31, 2019

Application deadline: April 31

Competition dates: May 31

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Elsje de Ridder Armstrong Chamber Music Competition

Who is eligible: Chamber groups consisting of VAM private students

Application deadline: March 27

Competition dates: April 27

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Barbara Clague Festival of Song

Who is eligible: VAM voice students born after January 1, 2000

Application deadline: March 13

Competition dates: April 13

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Jerold Gerbrecht Woodwind & Brass Competition

Who is eligible: VAM woodwind & brass students

Application deadline: January 22

Competition dates: February 22 (preliminary) and March 2 (final)

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, 2018

Application deadline: January 22

Competition dates: February 22 (competition), March 3 (scholarship recital)

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Phyllis Salter Piano Competition

Who is eligible: VAM piano students born between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2004

Application deadline: December 21

Competition dates: January 25 (preliminary), February 2 (final)

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Bjorn & Lori Hareid Senior Secondary Competition

Who is eligible: Piano students in grades 10-12

Application deadline: January 11

Competition dates: February 15 (competition), February 17 (winners' recital)

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

VAMIS Concerto Competition

Who is eligible: Registered members of VAMIS

Application deadline: October 23

Competition dates: November 23

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

VAMJS Concerto Competition

Who is eligible: Registered members of VAMJS

Application deadline: October 23

Competition dates: November 16

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Biannual Competitions