Across southeastern Michigan, many arts organizations offer solo competitions for young musicians. Many of these competitions offer prizes such as scholarships and/or opportunities to perform public concerts. Contact the following organizations for eligibility requirements and competition dates.
The Tuesday Musicale organization is a set of music clubs throughout Michigan. Many of these local clubs hold annual scholarship competitions. For example, the Farmington Musicale holds a scholarship competition every spring for students in grades 7-12 who are either residents of Farmington or Farmington Hills, and/or attend private and public schools within these cities. Their competitions are typically held in late winter or spring. For more information, visit their website at http://www.farmingtonmusicale.com/financialawards.html
Here is a list of all of the Michigan music clubs affiliated with the National Federation of Music Clubs, many of which hold solo competitions.
The Rochester Symphony Orchestra has an annual concerto competition each winter.
Each February, the Michigan Philharmonic Symphony Society holds the Michigan Philharmonic Youth Artist Competition.
The Birmingham-Bloomfield Young Artists Competition has two annual competitions – one is for piano, and the other trades off between a string competition or wind competition. Contact them to find out when the next wind competition will be.
The Sphinx Organization holds an annual Sphinx Stars competition. Winners are eligible to win prizes up to $10,000. For more information, visit their website.
The William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition is a major competition each spring, open to any artist under the age of 30. Each year, the competition alternates between string, winds, piano, and voice. Winners receive a significant prize, and will solo with the Flint Symphony Orchestra.