2016 contests updated:
COMPOSITION (all categories)
PIANO (solo & concerto)
CLASSICAL VOICE (opera & art song)
CHAMBER ENSEMBLES (includes INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS—new)
CONDUCTING (all categories)
More 2016 contest information will be updated shortly.
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2015 winners may be found by visiting
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MUSICAL AMERICA honors DAVID KATZ and The American Prize:
David Katz, founder and chief judge of The American Prize national nonprofit competitions in the performing arts, has been selected as one of Musical America's "Professionals of the Year—a Key Influencer" for 2016.
Read the full story here:
Musical America Top Professionals
In 2015, the American Prize warmly welcomed internationally acclaimed
Metropolitan Opera dramatic soprano, SHARON SWEET, to its distinguished panel of judges. Click "judges" to read her biography.
NEW ONLINE OPTIONS:
MAJOR website improvements mean a faster, more convenient experience
for all contestants.
NEW—you now have the option to pay application fees online—or by check, credit card or money order.
NEW—you now have the option to provide online links to your audition selections, or send recordings by mail.
NEW—you now have the option to fill out the application on your computer and email it directly to the office—or print out, fill by hand and send by mail.
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