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Mary Lane Memorial Violin Competition

Mary Lane Memorial Violin CompetitionThe Mary Lane Memorial Violin Competition will be held online this year. A cash prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the winner along with an opportunity to perform in public or to be featured online. We have tentatively scheduled concerts for Sunday, April 18, 2021, and Sunday, May 23, 2021, at Capital University. Participants can register online here and will be required to submit a video recording to our panel of judges. A non-refundable fee of $40 is required and can be paid via PayPal at the time you submit your application and video.

This competition is for young violinists who live in or take lessons in Ohio. Competitions sponsored by Women in Music-Columbus are open to all students, regardless of gender. WMC offers these opportunities in order to encourage and promote young musicians. Contestants must be at least 16 and not older than 24 by January 29, 2021. Contestants aged 18 and older DO NOT have to be enrolled in an institution of higher education or be a music major in order to apply for this competition.

The deadline for submitting the application, video, and fee is 6:00 pm EST on Friday, January 29, 2021. Results will be posted by Monday, February 15, 2021. Comments from the judges will be provided after that.


Repertoire guidelines

There is no required repertoire list for this competition. Performers should choose three selections that represent varying styles from at least two of the following time periods: baroque, classical, romantic, or contemporary.

If possible, selections with an accompaniment should be performed with the accompanying part.  However, participants may submit a video recording of a performance without an accompaniment or with a pre-recorded accompaniment.  A pre-recorded accompaniment may come from your own accompanist or from an online platform.

Memorization is required for two pieces and optional for the third.

In the online application form, please provide the following information for each selection: name of the composer; title of the composition; title of the movement (if applicable); and approximate duration.


Important update: Contestants should submit a single PDF file of their scores in performance order. Please submit just the solo part, and number the measures in each piece. Email the PDF file of your scores to


Video guidelines

Place the camera or recording device on a tripod or other stationary surface. Look for a space with good lighting, but do not film in front of a window.

Make sure the soloist is facing the camera. Both the soloist and accompanying musician should be seen in the recording. Check for good balance between the performers.

Present yourself as you would for a live competition. Dress formally, and present yourself professionally. The total duration of the video recording should be no more than 15 minutes.

All of the prepared music should be recorded in one session.

  • Turn on the recording device.
  • Announce the name of the soloist.
  • Perform all of the prepared music (not to exceed 15 minutes).
  • Turn off the recording device.

Video recordings may not be edited, and there should be no added effects.

Submit a link for your video along with your online application here. This may be a YouTube/Vimeo streaming video or a video file on a cloud service like Google Drive or Dropbox. Please make sure that permissions are set so that anyone with the link can view the video. Include your name as part of the file name, if possible.

Direct any questions to Karen Gardener at (614) 541-9220 or


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