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2021 Young Artists String Competition


Young Artists String Competition 2021The Young Artists String Competition will be held online this year. Participants will be required to submit a video recording to our panel of judges. A non-refundable fee of $15 is required and can be paid via PayPal at the time you submit your application and video. The application form will be available here beginning on Monday, March 1, 2021.

The deadline for submitting the application, video, and fee is 6:00 pm EDT on Friday, March 26, 2021. Results will be posted by Monday, April 12, 2021. Comments from the judges will be provided after that.

ELIGIBILITY: Participants must be a student on violin, viola, cello, string bass, harp or guitar. Must be age 18 (or Grade 12) or younger by March 31, 2021. Must reside and/or take music lessons in Central Ohio (Champaign, Fairfield, Franklin, Delaware, Fayette, Licking, Logan Knox, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway and Union counties). Must have teacher and parental approval.

Competitions sponsored by Women in Music-Columbus are open to all students, regardless of gender.


  • Memorization is optional for upper/lower string students. However, memorization is required for guitar and harp students.
  • Students may choose the order in which they perform their pieces.
  • First Place cash prize awards will not be split.
  • The quality of the repertoire will be considered by the judges in determining the awards.
  • 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
  • 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 such as SmartMusic.
  • Contestants may compete in only one category, and they must perform the required number of pieces. Please mark the appropriate category in your application. Skills may vary by student and age. The ages listed below are approximate and given for guidance as to category placement.


  • Elementary (approx any age up to 9): Two contrasting pieces. Video recording: minimum 3 min. to maximum 7 min.
  • Intermediate (approx age 10-12): Two contrasting pieces representing at least two historical periods. Concerto, sonata, sonatina movements or variations are encouraged. Video recording: minimum 4 min. to maximum 10 min.
  • Junior (approx age 13-15): Three contrasting pieces representing at least two historical periods. Sonata, sonatina or concerto movements are encouraged. Video recording: minimum 8 min. to maximum 15 min.
  • Senior (approx age 16-18): Three to four contrasting pieces from at least two historical periods (baroque, classical, romantic, or contemporary). A sonata or concerto movement is required. Video recording: minimum 10 min. to maximum 20 min.

WINNERS AND PRIZES: All first place prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the judges. Judges have the right to select no winners. Category first place prizes as follows: Elementary: $100, Intermediate: $200, Junior: $300, Senior: $400. Winners will also be invited to perform on concerts during our 2021-2022 season.


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. If recording with an accompanist, make sure both performers can be seen in the recording. Check for good balance between solo and accompanying parts.

Present yourself as you would for a live competition. Dress formally, and present yourself professionally. Follow the minimum and maximum time limits for your category.

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.
  • Turn off the recording device.

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

WMC realizes that some selections may need to be recorded in separate sessions due to time restrictions with pianists or due to technical challenges of working with pre-recorded accompaniments. Participants may also make cuts in their selections to fit within the time limits.

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.

The videos will be viewed only by the panel of judges and WMC members. You may record your video at any time, but the application form will be available only between Monday, March 1, 2021, through 6:00 pm EDT on Friday, March 26, 2021.

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


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