Events Around Maine: Competitive

DateApplication Postmark DeadlineEventLocation
January 22, 2022December 15, 2021Hanna Powell Memorial Piano Competition.

Open competition for performers ages 15-30 who live or study in Maine. Visit
Sanford Performing Arts Center, Sanford, Maine
March December Kotzschmar Memorial Trust Scholarship

Auditions open to students ages 10-18 and 19 -25 who are residents of the greater Portland area. Organ, piano, voice and all orchestral instruments are eligible. Email or visit

Portland, Maine
March 1, 2022March 19, 2022Ocy L. Downs Piano Prize

Biennial competition sponsored by Portland Conservatory of Music. For pianists ages 12-18. Winners receive monetary awards and the opportunity to perform in winners recitals. Visit or call 207-775-3356

Portland Conservatory of Music, Portland, Maine
March Early February Contemporary Piano Festival

Competition sponsored by Plymouth State University for high school students grades 7-12. The day includes lectures, recitals, concerts, and master classes. Visit

Plymouth State Univ., Plymouth, New Hampshire
April February Young Composers' Competition & Festival

Sponsored by Bagaduce Music Lending Library Awards and prizes for student compositions Category I: Age 13 & under Category II: Ages 14-18 Visit and click on "Events"

Emden Hall Blue Hill, Maine
May Applications: January

Auditions: February

Maine High School Concerto Competition
Sponsored by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.
Open to string, woodwind, brass, percussion, harp, and piano students in grades 9 through 12. First place winner will be featured in a concerto with the BSO.
Minsky Recital Hall
University of Maine
Orono, Maine
Early June May Portland Rossini Club Scholarship Competitions

For music majors ages 17-25 who live in Cumberland, Oxford and York counties. Visit

St. Luke's Cathedral Portland, Maine
June Spring Young Stars of Maine Music Competitions

Sponsored by Bay Chamber Concerts
For Maine residents ages 12-24.
Visit or contact

Rockport Opera House Rockport, Maine
June - August January Bowdoin International Music Festival

Intensive conservatory level program for band, string, and piano students, ages 13 to 30. Auditions tape required. 3 and 6 week sessions available. Visit

Bowdoin College, Bowdoin, Maine
July - August January Atlantic Music Festival Piano Institute and Seminar

Four-week program for serious piano students. Audition tape required. Visit

Colby College Waterville, Maine