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Guide to the Washington International Competition


The 2019 Washington International Competition for Voice will take place on May 25 and 26, 2019 with the finals in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on Sunday, May 26 at 2 PM. The principal judges will be Vinson Cole, Peter Kazaras, and Carol Vaness. Winners receive substantial cash awards and the opportunity to perform in recital or as soloist with orchestras in prestigious Washington venues. This year, for the first time the Finals will be accompanied by the Washington Chamber Orchestra. 

For additional information visit: www.fmmcfoundation.org. Applications can be found at www.getacceptd.com/wic. Applications will be accepted from October 15, 2018, to February 15, 2019.   

The Washington International Competition (WIC), established in 1950, is held for singers, pianists, string players, and composers. WIC competitions for singers, pianists, and string players are held each spring in annual rotation. The WIC composers’ competition, established in 1976, is held every 3 years for the composition of a string quartet, piano quartet, piano quintet, piano trio, or string trio. Through the authority of its judges, high musical standards, and the quality of young artists attracted, the WIC offers—both in the United States and abroad—a significant opportunity for young artists to step upward from the ranks of talented students to recognition as professionals. Winners of these competitions have gone on to win other important contests and achieve distinction on concert and opera stage. 

For more information visit the Washington International Competition's website.

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Deadline15 Oct 2018 - 15 Feb 2019
Finals25 - 26 May 2019
WhereWashington, United States
Age groupsWIC min 18, max 32 years old | JIC min 13, max 17 years old

First Prize: $10 000

Second Prize: $5 000

Third Prize: $3 000

Three Finalist Awards: $1 000

Audience Prize: $1 000

Junior International Competition

The Johansen International Competition for Young String Players Ages 13–17 (JIC), established in 1997, is sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club Foundation. The JIC is made possible through the generosity of a Charitable Trust established by the late Anna Storch Johansen of Falls Church, Virginia. Mrs. Johansen was a violinist and a Life Member of the Friday Morning Music Club (FMMC). She wanted to encourage young musicians with significant prize awards at a time when they need it most and when they must make decisions about whether to continue with their dedication to music.

The JIC takes place once every 3 years. The next competition will take place in March 2021, in Washington, DC. Information can be found at: https://fmmcfoundation.org/johansen-international-competition/. Please direct all questions regarding the application process to johansencomp@gmail.com.

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