Entries: June 1 – 15 Submit your video recordings for FREE.
If you are approved by the judges to pass pre-screening, you can participate in the final round (no traveling required).
SCHEDULE June 1 – July 10
June 1 – 15
June 16 – 19
Final Round Applications:
June 20 – 25
June 26 – July 9
Prizes and Recognition Announcement:
ELIGIBILITY The 19th Century Music Competition is open to singers, instrumentalists, and ensembles of all ages and nationalities. All musical instruments, including piano, string instruments, wind instruments, and percussion, and music pieces or movements from composers who were either born or composed music during the 19th century (1801 – 1900) will be accepted.
AGES Musicians of all ages are encouraged to apply, especially young children who may not have much experience but are enthusiastic about sharing their musical abilities. We do not have any age restrictions and have had winners as young as 3 years old and other winners into their 70s. Please see the results of our previous competitions here as examples of how we usually determine age group categories.
Please see the results of our previous competitions here as examples of how we usually determine instrument categories.
Simply submit the appropriate 19th Century Application Form at the top of this page.
If you are approved by the judges to pass pre-screening, you will receive an email invitation with instructions on how to apply to the final round.
Keep in mind that the performance video you submit for the pre-screening round will be evaluated again for the final round.
Please do not be disheartened if you do not advance to the final round, as we receive applications from many talented musicians. Keep trying and never give up!
To advance to the final round, you must submit the final round application fee.
By advancing to the final round, you will be eligible for the prizes below.
All finalists and their music teachers will receive personalized certificates of recognition, their portrait photo and music biography will be published on the results page of our website, and their performance will be shared on our YouTube channel.
All finalists whose performance videos receive at least 1,000 views during the month of July 2023 on our YouTube channel will receive free T-shirts with free shipping from our Gift Store (valued at $40).
All First Prize winners will receive a personalized letter of recommendation for the college application process upon request. High school finalists in our past competitions have gone on to enroll in prestigious academic institutions such as Harvard University, Cornell University, and the University of California, Berkeley.
All First Prize winners who give their permission will be featured on our Instagram and Facebook pages.
First, Second, and Third Prize winners will be able to order a personalized 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Prize Trophy with their name corresponding to their prize at an additional cost.
The teacher with the most students selected as winners will receive a Teacher of the Month certificate and will be promoted on the front page of our website together with their students.
A jury of qualified judges will evaluate your pre-screening and final round applications based on criteria for artistry. Please note that the decision of our judges is final and cannot be appealed.