NOTE: The deadline has passed for the 2018 competition. All new applications received after April 16th, 2018 will be considered for the 2019 competition. Thank you for your interest! 

2018 info & Dates

All applications must be received by Monday, April 9, 2018.  Applications received after this date will be assessed a late fee of $50.00, and will only be considered if received on or prior to Monday, April 16, 2018.



LATE FEE: $50 (Applications submitted between April 10 - April 16)


Major credit cards are accepted. Payment is required at the time of application submission (Click on "Apply Now" button to proceed).


Winners will be notified by Tuesday, May 1, 2018.


Applicants chosen as winners are given their debut performance in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as the First Prize. One winner will be chosen in each division.


Sunday, May 20, 2018, 1:30 PM (Carnegie Hall will be the site of the Annual Winners' Recitals).

FREE SEMINAR "The Business of Music":

In addition, all participants are encouraged to join us at "The Business of Music," a seminar offering advice on pursuing a professional career, held on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The seminar is free and open to the public.


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applications for 2018

  1. Please use the "Quantity" option to purchase more than 1 entry for the same applicant. 
  2. For different applicants, please make sure to use "Apply Now" and "Quantity" [1] to apply separately for each applicant. 

The full application and required information are available when you click on "APPLY NOW". The application cannot be saved for future edits.  

For those of you who are submitting multiple tracks, please use YouTube to create a "playlist" and then submit a single URL/link to that playlist in your application. [See "Create and Manage a Playlist on YouTube"]

First time apply online?  Watch this video

NOTE: The deadline has passed for the 2018 competition. All new applications received after April 16th, 2018 will be considered for the 2019 competition. Thank you for your interest! 

Please note: after clicking "Apply Online" above, you will be taken to our application form first before entering the checkout process. 

Applications can also be submitted by regular mail no later than April 10th, 2018. Please click here for the mail-in application. 



The Competition is open to students from age four to adults, and divided into five categories.

Elementary School : 4-11 years

Middle School: 12-14 years

High School: 15-18 years 

Amateur Adults: Adults 19 years and older without professional degrees in Music

College/Adults: College students pursuing degrees in Music and/or those who have already launched professional careers.


Repertoire for the Competition may be chosen from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, and/or Contemporary eras. 

Applicants may offer a single work or a variety of shorter pieces.  A movement of a sonata is also acceptable.

We accept both audio and video files.

For audio, we recommend MP3 or WAV files. For videos, we recommend any of the accepted YouTube video formats, MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV or FLV.

If you choose to submit your application online (preferred), we recommend that you upload the audio or video file to a permanent file sharing service such as Google Drive, DropBox or YouTube. Temporary file sharing (such as WeTransfer) is not recommended because the file will be deleted after a certain period of time.

Time Limit

There is no absolute time limit for the recording. We recommend 25 minutes or less if it is feasible.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the time limit for each division?

There is no absolute time limit, but the ones listed on the site are suggestions.

What are the repertoire requirements?

There are no specific requirements, as we want each applicant to present the work or works they believe best represents their artistry, just as you would do if you were presenting your own recital.

Should I submit a video or audio recording?

Both are perfectly acceptable.

If chosen a winner, must I play the same repertoire at Carnegie Hall that I submitted in my recording?

No, winners are permitted to perform different repertoire as long as it fits within the allotted time for the Carnegie program.

If chosen a winner, must I play at the Winners' Recital at Carnegie Hall?

No, you are not required to for the Winners' Recital. We encourage you to participate in this performance however if is at all feasible.

Is a movement of a larger composition acceptable?

Yes, participants can perform a movement of a sonata or a larger work.

Do I have to do an online application?

No, you may do it online or send it by mail.



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