Events Around Maine: Competitive

DateApplication Postmark DeadlineEventLocation
January 2024December 2023Hanna 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 2024December 2023Kotzschmar 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 [email protected] or visit

Portland, Maine
May 1, 2024June 1, 2024Ocy L. Downs Piano Prize

Biennial competition (even years) 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
April 2024February 2024Young 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 2024Applications: January

Auditions: February 2024

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 2024May 2024Portland Rossini Club Scholarship

Biennial competitions (even years). For music majors ages 17-25 who live in Cumberland, Oxford and York counties. Visit

St. Luke's Cathedral Portland, Maine
June 2024Spring 2024Young Stars of Maine Music Competitions

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

Rockport Opera House Rockport, Maine
June - August 2024January 2024Bowdoin 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 2024January 2024Atlantic Music Festival Piano Institute and Seminar

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

Colby College Waterville, Maine