2021 Summer Music Competition

2021 Summer Music Competition Most Exceptional Performer

Entries: July 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.

July 1 – August 10

Free Entries:July 1 – 15
Pre-screening:July 16 – 20
Final Round Applications:July 21 – 25
Judging: July 26 – August 9
Prizes and Recognition Announcement:August 10

The 2021 Summer 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 born in the summer month of June, July, or August will be accepted. These composers include but are not limited to Schumann, Debussy, Stravinsky, Grieg, and Strauss.

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.


  • Singers
  • Instrumentalists
  • Ensembles

Depending on the number and variety of applicants, we reserve the right to adjust the above categories accordingly.


  1. You must perform a music piece or movement from a composer born in the summer month of June, July, or August.
  2. Please fill out the appropriate 2021 Summer Music Competition Application Form below:


  • 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 and can only approve a limited number to advance to the final round. Keep trying and never give up!
  • If you advance to the final round and grant us permission, you are guaranteed to be featured on our YouTube channel: Charleston International Music Competition.


  • Nine qualified judges will evaluate your pre-screening and final round applications. Please note that the decision of our judges is final and cannot be appealed.


  • Each category has multiple prizes.
  • Our judges may award additional special prizes and recognition.
  • Winners and their music teachers will receive personalized diplomas, 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: Charleston International Music Competition.