Competition

For over a century, the Pacific Musical Society & Foundation has nurtured the growth of gifted musicians by awarding merit-based scholarships to promising students in the Bay Area and surrounding regions. Each year we hold a competition for instrumentalists, pianists, vocalists, chamber groups, and composers in various age categories. Winners receive scholarship awards to support their ongoing musical education. The results are announced at a public concert in which our first place winners perform and their scholarship prizes are awarded.

2019 Competition Winners

2019 Competition Finalists

2018 Competition Winners

Photos and Videos from our 2017 Winners Concert

Sample List of Past Winners (2009-2017)

Announcements

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2019 Annual Competition! Congratulations to all our winners and to all those who participated in our competition this year. It was truly a spectacular field with so much talent on display.

The Winners Concert and Awards Presentation will be held on May 17, 2019, 7pm, at The Green Room at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Can a selection be an excerpt or partial work?

    A: Each selection must be a complete movement or complete work in itself.

  • Q: What composers are considered Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century?

    A:

    Lists of Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century composers are available on Wikipedia. Please note that for the 20th Century category, compositions must be written after 1915.

  • Q: What instruments are included in the 'instrumental' category?

    A: Orchestral string instruments only. Woodwinds, harp, and guitar have been eliminated from this category in 2019.

  • Q: Can multiple contestants apply together?

    A: For the chamber music category, each group should submit one application, and designate one member of the group as the primary applicant and point of contact for communication. For all other categories, each contestant must apply separately. If an applicant wishes to compete in multiple categories, they should apply to each category separately and pay a separate application fee for each category.

  • Q: Must all works be memorized?

    A: With the exception of the chamber music category, where music does not need to be memorized, in all other categories all works must be memorized and performed from memory in the video submissions and live finals.

  • Q: For accompanied works, must they be performed with accompaniment?

    A: Yes, all accompanied works must be played as such in the video submissions and live finals.