AAMS Announces 2017 International Competition

All materials must be received by October 14, 2017, (by regular mail, please no signature required express or certified mail).

The 2017, Piano, String, and Voice International Competition will be held on Saturday, October 28th (time- TBA) and the Woodwind/Brass competition will be on Sunday, October 29th at 5 pm.  The competition will be held at the Bethesda Presbyterian Church, located at 7611 Clarendon Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.  The church is one block from the corner of Wilson Lane and Old Georgetown Road.   The 2017 competition is our Fifteenth annual competition.

The Asian American Music Society’s International Competition is a unique competition for Elementary, Middle and High School Students and is open to everyone, not only Asians or Americans. There are three divisions based on grade. Participants are encouraged to perform works by Asian composers. First place winners will receive a small scholarship and participate in the winners concert.  The AAMS is working with the  Kennedy Center on their Millennium Stage to present the winners.  The 2016 winners will also participate the NSO Master Classes in January 2017.

There are three competition divisions:

The Peewee Division is for elementary school students, grades one through five. The Peewee Division is for woodwinds, piano, and string instruments. Participants are required to offer two contrasting pieces from appropriate repertoire totaling no more than five minutes.

The Junior Division is for middle school students, grades six through eight. The Junior Division is for woodwinds, piano, and string instruments. Participants are required to offer two contrasting pieces from appropriate repertoire totaling no more than eight minutes.

The Senior Division is for high school students, grades nine through twelve. The Senior Division is for woodwinds, piano, string instruments, and voice. The Senior Division is the only division with a voice category. Participants are required to offer two contrasting pieces from appropriate repertoire totaling no more than ten minutes.

* Please note that the voice competition is for High School Students only.

The Winner’s Concert will be held in November, 2015 at the Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage. The application deadline is October 10, 2015. The application package consists of a short biography, two (2) current school or passport photos, a $40 non-refundable application fee payable to “AAMS,” and a complete application form. Audition times will be assigned upon receipt of all application materials.

Remember, All materials must be received by October 15, 2016.

  • The winners of our 2015 competition can be found here.
  • Information on how to write your short biography can be found here.
  • The 2016 application form can be found as a Microsoft Word Document: aamscompetition_2016
  • The 2016 application form can be found in PDF:  aamscompetition_2016
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