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Benton-Schmidt Voice Competition

Voice

The annual Benton-Schmidt Graduate Voice Competition provides scholarship awards up to $30,000 to promising incoming graduate students. Awards will be given based on excellence in vocal performance and versatility as revealed through the performance audition. Scholarship prizes are for the academic year beginning the following Fall semester.

Funds for these scholarships were made possible through the bequest of Joseph H. Benton, internationally-acclaimed tenor, long-time teacher and devoted supporter of vocal art, in honor of his much-revered voice teacher at the University of Oklahoma, William George Frederick Schmidt.

View the page linked below for repertoire requirements, dates and deadlines, and the online application form.

Benton-Schmidt Voice Competition

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Concerto Competition

All Instruments

Each year, the School of Music hosts a concerto competition, with contestants from each department within the School of Music. Winners will have the opportunity to perform with with the OU Symphony Orchestra or OU Wind Symphony.

View the page linked below for more information, dates and deadlines, and application information.

Concerto Competition

Rising Stars Solo Competition

All Instruments

The School of Music announces the Rising Stars competition, an offering in lieu of the annual Concerto Competition. The purpose of this event is to highlight outstanding music students in an online recorded presentation of juried recordings of solo works or concertos. See the page linked below for more details.

Rising Stars Solo Competition

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Donna Turner Smith Competitions

Piano & Cello

Established in 1987, the Donna Turner Smith Memorial Endowment was created to foster artistic excellence among music students whose talent and commitment reflect the high standards of Donna Turner Smith.

The competition includes prizes not only for pianists, but also for cellists in memory of longtime University of Oklahoma cello professor, Marjory Cornelius.

View the page linked below for more information, dates and deadlines, and online application forms.

Donna Turner Smith Competitions

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Young Artist Competition

Freshmen and Sophomores

The Young Artist Competition is a solo competition for freshmen and sophomore students. The top 7 competitors will perform in the Young Artist Competition Honors Recital.

Note: due to COVID-19, there will not be a live honors concert for the 2021 competition, but the top 7 competitors will have their videos featured on OU School of Music media accounts.

There are cash prizes for first and second places; 7 students will be featured with a guest pianist at the Honors Concert.

View the page linked below for more information, dates and deadlines, and the online application form.

Young Artist Competition