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 29 (preliminary), February 2 (final)

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.


  • First Prize: $1,500.00
  • Second Prize: $1,200.00
  • Third Prize: $700.00
  • Fourth Prize: $500.00
  • Fifth Prize: $500.00


Update: the preliminary round of the Phyllis Salter Competition, previously scheduled for January 25, will take place on January 29, 2019.

The Vancouver Academy of Music Phyllis Salter Piano Competition is designed to identify young talented students and afford them recognition and financial assistance. Five finalists will be chosen to perform in the final round, with $4,400 total scholarship awards available for 2019/20 VAM tuition.


Application Deadline: December 21, 2018, 11:59pm
Preliminary Round: January 29
Students will receive notice of their specific time slot following the application deadline.
Final Round: February 2


Eligible students:
(a) were born between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2004;
(b) have been enrolled in VAM private lessons for at least one semester;
(c) are not previous first-prize winners of the Phyllis Salter Competition.

Competition Rules

1. Applications are subject to a fee of $20 made payable to the Vancouver Academy of Music.
2. Students will be required to prepare one or more works or movement(s) written for solo piano (minimum RCM 10 or equivalent) performed by memory with a combined duration not to exceed 15 minutes. No concerti permitted.
3. Two copies of the score must be submitted to the adjudicators for the preliminary round and one for the final (photocopies permitted).
4. The preliminary round is closed to the public with the exception of the parent/guardian and teacher of the student performing; no video or audio recording permitted. The final round will be open to the public.


Students will be evaluated by two adjudicators in the preliminary round and one in the final. All adjudicators will be distinguished musicians external to VAM.

Application Form

The Phyllis Salter Piano Competition is open to VAM students only. Please log in to your account to apply.