Events Around Maine: Competitive

DateApplication Postmark DeadlineEventLocation  
March 2020December 2019Kotzschmar 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 28, 2020March 1, 2020Ocy L. Downs Piano Prize

Biennial competition sponsored by Portland Concervatory of Music. Division 1, grades 7-9; Division 2, grades 10-12 Winners perform at Noonday Concert and receive scholarship to Annual Piano Festival. Visit or call 207-775-3356

Portland Conservatory of Music, Portland, Maine
March 2020Early February 2020Contemporary 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 2020February 20120Young 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 2020Applications: January 2020

Auditions: February 2019

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 2020May 2020Portland 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 2020Spring 2020Young 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 2020January 2020Bowdoin 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 2020January 2020Atlantic Music Festival Piano Institute and Seminar

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

Colby College Waterville, Maine