Seventh Annual Lyra Music Youth Competition 2018!


Competition Information

Thank you for your interest in the 7th Annual Lyra Music Youth Competition. Applications are now closed. Please join us at the DiMenna Center on March 3rd for our Live Final Round! 

Live Final Round Tickets Available Here

Application deadline: February 11th, 2018


Junior Level: Applicants must be ages 11-14 as of March 3, 2018. (Younger students may compete in the junior level.)
Senior Level: Applicants must be ages 15-18 as of March 3, 2018. (Younger students may compete in the senior level if they are a prior first prize winner in the junior level.)
Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello or Piano

Applicants must not be under professional management.  
Previous First Prize winners of the Lyra Competition are not eligible to compete in consecutive years at the same level of competition.


Preliminary application due:  February 11, 2018 at midnight. Completed application, fee, and video recording submission must all be received by midnight. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Finals:  March 3, 2018: Junior Round at 6:30pm EST. Senior Round at 7:30pm EST. Live, open to the public, streaming online and audience vote.

Location: DiMenna Center for Classical Music: Norman S. Benzaquen Hall -- a cutting-edge, state of the art classical music performance space, and home of Orchestra of St. Luke's. 
450 West 37th Street, New York, NY 10018


Junior Level:
1st place: 
$100 cash prize, OR $1,200 scholarship to the Lyra Music Workshop 2018.
2nd place: $75 cash prize, OR $850 scholarship to the Lyra Music Workshop 2018.
3rd place: $50 cash prize, OR $700 scholarship to the Lyra Music Workshop 2018.

Senior Level:
1st place
: $150 cash prize, OR $1,500 scholarship to Lyra Music Workshop 2018. And automatic acceptance into the Lyra Young Artists Program for 2018.
2nd place: $100 cash prize, OR $1,200 scholarship to Lyra Music Workshop 2018.
3rd place: $75 cash prize, OR $850 scholarship to Lyra Music Workshop 2018.

Winners will be selected from the overall pool of instrumentalists.  


•Two contrasting solo pieces, each from different style periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, and Contemporary). 
•Single movements from sonatas and concertos (string players only) are acceptable. Pianists may not submit concertos.
•All pieces must be performed from memory.
•The combined time of both pieces must be a minimum of 4 minutes for junior level, and 6 minutes for senior level. 
•Repertoire will be the same for both rounds.

Application Deadline:  

Due February 11, 2018 at midnight. All materials must be received by the application deadline to be considered.

Application Package: Completed online application, two video recording submissions, and application fee.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

Video recording submissions should be sent electronically via link to YouTube or Vimeo. Links should be included on your online application form.

Application Fee: $70.00 USD (non-refundable). Instrumentalists competing on two instruments must submit two separate application forms and fees.  

Applicants will receive an email acknowledgement within one week of submission.  Notification of advancement and performance times for finals will be sent via email by February 24, 2018.  Please do not contact us before this date to find out if you have advanced.

Preliminary Round - Video Recording Submission: 

•Upload your videos to YouTube or Vimeo, and include links on your online application form.
•Please clearly indicate the performer's full name, instrument, and submitted repertoire in the video title and description. 
•Though high audio and video quality is strongly recommended, professional recording is not required.
•Video performance must be from the last six months.
•Submissions must be completely unedited during performances.  
•Video must show the performer's entire upper body and face throughout playing time.
•Repertoire must be performed in its entirety and must be performed from memory except 21st century works.
•Check video for playability and privacy settings before submitting.  Unplayable videos will disqualify applicant.
•Do not submit more than two pieces of repertoire.


Rules and Regulation:

•In the Final Round, Junior performers will be heard at a maximum of 10 minutes.  Senior performers will be heard at a maximum of 15 minutes.
•Prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the Judges.  Judges are not required to award any or all prizes.  
•All Judges' decisions are final. 
•Application fees are non-refundable.  In the case that the competition must be cancelled by the organization, all fees will be refunded to the applicant.  
•Once submitted, all application materials become the property of Lyra Music, and will not be returned.
•There must be a minimum of 15 applicants for the competition to take place.
•String applicants requiring piano accompaniment are responsible for making their own arrangements.
•Accompaniment is not necessary for Preliminaries, but is required for the Finals.  Any fees associated with accompaniment are the responsibility of the applicant.
•Once your application is submitted, no changes may be made to repertoire selections.  
•Competitors must perform in person in the Finals to qualify for prizes.  
•Warm-up rooms will not be provided.
•Competitors are responsible for making their own transportation and housing arrangements. 


By signing your application, you agree to submit an honest and complete application, to follow the procedures and rules for performance, and (if applicable) to book an accompanist prior to submitting your application. 

Announcement of Finalists and Winners 

Notification of Finalists will be sent by email and will be posted on the Lyra Music website by February 24, 2018. At the conclusion of the Finals, the names of the Final winners will be announced and awarded live at roughly at 9:00pm EST on March 3, 2018, shortly after the Final Round.  Winners must be present in person at the award ceremony to receive prizes. Winners will also be posted on the Lyra Music website.


The jury will consist of three distinguished professional musicians.  There will also be a live audience vote, taken in person and online at the Final Round.  In-person and online ballots must be received within 5 minutes of the last performance.  A vote closing announcement will be made at the competition.  The live audience vote will count for one of four jury votes. 


Anyone found to be ineligible, engaging in acts of dishonesty, or not in compliance with any competition rules will be disqualified immediately and will forfeit any and all competition fees and materials. Competitors are forbidden to engage with jury members until after winner announcements have been made.