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Peabody-Sponsored Competitions

Also see: Music Competitions in the Mid-Atlantic Region and Grants for Peabody Students.

Discover competitions worldwide via our Job Search Page. Students are welcome to consult with MECC to help them prepare competition applications.

Students who win competition prizes should be aware that the US government considers such awards to be taxable income. A prize will not reduce a student's Peabody funded scholarship unless the prize is a full-tuition scholarship. Nonetheless, if a prize alters a student's demonstrated financial need, then federally funded need-based aid may be affected.

Macht Orchestral Composition Competition

The Macht Orchestral Composition Competition is held for composition majors and designed to provide a premiere performances of new works for orchestra. Entries must have been written for a standard symphonic orchestra or chamber orchestra during the student's period of enrollment at Peabody. The works submitted must also have been played through in a Peabody orchestral reading session and the composer must be enrolled for major lessons during the year. The competition winner receives a prize and a performance of the winning work at a Peabody public concert. Applications are due in the spring semester. Information is posted on the Concert Office Website.

Virginia Carty deLillo Composition Competition

The Virginia Carty deLillo Composition Competition is offered biannually to any Conservatory composition major enrolled for lessons. Entrants submit one composition of any style, length, or instrumentation. First prize includes a $1,000 cash award and performance of the winning work at a public Peabody concert, if feasible. Second prize: $500. Details are posted on the Concert Office Website.

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Prix d'Été Competition

Endowed by Walter Summer in 1994, this annual competition was established to encourage composition and computer music majors to compose new chamber works exploring new dimensions in performance, instrumentation, and multimedia. Entries in alternate years must demonstrate significant use of music technologies. The first prize includes $1,000 and a performance of the winning work. Details may be obtained from the Computer Music Department.

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Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts

The Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts is a University-wide $1,500 prize offered for excellence in performance, execution, or composition in one of the arts as an avocational activity. Peabody seniors may compete in any artistic area except music (e.g., writing, visual arts, dance, film). Complete information is posted on the Sudler Prize website, http://getintothearts.jhu.edu/sudlerprize/index.html.

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Harrison L. Winter Piano Competition

2015 Application Deadline: 4:00pm, Dec. 1
2015 Competition Date: Dec. 8 & 9
Repertoire: Any 20th-century concerto

The Harrison L. Winter Piano Competition was established in 1990 in tribute to a former chairman of Peabody's Board of Trustees. It is scheduled on a two-years-on, one-year-off basis. The first prize winner receives a $1,000 cash prize and a performance with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra. The second prize is $500. Details may be obtained from the Concert Office.

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William Marbury Prize Competition for Violin

2016 Application Deadline: Feb. 1
2016 Competition Date: Feb. 19

The William Marbury Prize is awarded each year to an outstanding undergraduate violin student through a juried competition. The competition award includes a major public recital, as well as a $1,000 cash prize. Second prize is $500. Any undergraduate violin major enrolled in a degree or certificate program for the 2015-2016 academic year is eligible to enter this competition upon the major teacher's recommendation. Applications are due in the spring. For detailed information, see the Concert Office Website.

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Presser Award for Returning Peabody Graduate Student

Eligibility: Returning Peabody graduate students
2016 Application Deadline: March 4
URL: http://peabody.jhu.edu/conservatory/academicaffairs/presseraward.html

General Information: The Presser Music Award is given to a student demonstrating excellence and outstanding promise for a distinguished career in the field of music and provides a one-time stipend of up to $10,000 to the recipient.

Applications will be accepted only from returning graduate students who have demonstrated superb musical talent with an emphasis in one or more of these areas: performance, composition, musicology, music education.

The Presser Music Award is not intended to replace other financial assistance provided by the Institution to the Award recipient. It is not to be applied towards tuition, housing costs, and other expenses normally incurred in pursuit of a degree; rather, it is designed for enrichment and musical advancement, and is intended to give the recipient opportunities that are not normally provided in a conservatory setting.

To Apply: The applicant must submit a written statement to The Presser Foundation indicating how the Award, if granted, would be used to further his or her musical education and career. The following are illustrative examples only:

  • Commissioning and premiering a new work
  • Travel to audition with orchestras, opera companies or chamber ensembles for professional opportunities
  • Creation of an outreach program
  • Funding a performance tour

The Foundation seeks proposals that are imaginative as well as practical. The proposal should also describe how the Award will directly benefit a student's career. Applicants submit the following to to the Office of Academic Affairs:

  • A written plan of no more than two typewritten pages
  • A detailed budget
  • One letter of recommendation from the applicant's major instructor

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Peggy and Yale Gordon Concerto Competition

2016 Application Deadline: 4:00pm, April 12
2016 Competition Date: April 26 & 27

First prize: $1,500, a performance with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, a recital on the Homewood campus, and additional recitals scheduled by the Yale Gordon Trust. The competition rotates annually in the areas of strings, piano, and orchestral instruments (the spring 2016 competition is for instruments other than piano and bowed orchestral strings). Second prize: $750. Third prize: $500. Any Peabody Conservatory student enrolled in a degree, certificate, or diploma program for major study during the academic year is eligible. Details are posted on the Concert Office Website.

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Sylvia L. Green Biennial Voice Competition

2016 Pre-Screening Date: Feb. 23
2016 Applications Deadline for Selected Candidates: 4:00pm, March 9
2016 Competition Date: March 23, 2016

The Sylvia L. Green Voice Competition is held every two years for junior, senior, or graduate-level voice students. Doctoral students are eligible if they are enrolled for major lessons. Contestants perform vocal repertoire with orchestral accompaniment (full or chamber), typically 10-20 minutes in length (shorter or longer pieces may be approved). Excerpts from opera or oratorio are not acceptable. First prize is $1,500 plus a performance with a large Peabody instrumental ensemble. Second prize is $750. Details are posted on the Concert Office Website. The next competition will take place in 2018.

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