Youth Music Competition

The NEMPAC Youth Music Competition is an opportunity for current NEMPAC Private Music Instruction (PMI) students ages 10 or older (must have been studying on their instrument for at least 2 years) to compete alongside their peers. They will perform in front of a panel of judges, and all competitors will receive written feedback, with the overall winners receiving a certificate, cash prizes and an opportunity to perform at NEMPAC’s annual Fall Soirée in September! Students will perform one selection of their choice (by the recommendation of their NEMPAC instructor).

Judges this year include Sherri Snow, Executive Director of NEMPAC, Josué González, Executive Director of Project Step, and Jose Soto, Berklee Faculty Alumni Piano Faculty Member of NEMPAC.

While priority will be given to students enrolled in private music instruction, students who are enrolled in music ensembles and musical theatre classes and production can compete for written feedback only (Ages 10 and up).

WHEN: Wednesday, June 12th | 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

WHERE: 9 Hull Street

DEADLINE TO SIGN-UP: Wednesday, June 5th

SIgn-Up for Youth Music Competition

The NEMPAC Youth Competition is supported by the Marshall Scholarship Fund.

🎵 Students will be adjudicated on their musicality, interpretation, stage presence and skill.

💲There is a $20 registration fee to compete. Payment will be accepted the day of the competition via cash, check or Venmo. The fee will be waived for current tuition assistance students.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the following areas per age/division: (Division 1 -Ages 10-13 and Division 2- Ages 14-17):

🥇 1st place = $125

🥈 2nd place = $75

✍️ All students will receive written feedback via an adjudication form by each judge.

☑️ Division 1: Ages 10-13 will compete approximately between the times of 2:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m (exact times may vary based on number of applications in the division group)

☑️ Division 2: Ages 14-17 will compete approximately between the times of 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (exact times may vary based on number of applications in the division group)

☑️ Students ages 8 and 9 will be considered to compete with a nomination from their instructor and at the approval and discretion of NEMPAC administration for written feedback only.

For any direct questions, please reach out to Mary-Alexandra Onstad, PMI Manager at

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