Music Competition

Students at 2017 Music Competition Recital


The next Academy Music Competition will be held in Spring 2021.
Please Check Back in Fall 2020 for Updated Information




The Academy is excited to announce the 3rd annual Spring Music Competition, open to all area student musicians! The Academy’s Spring Music Competition is an excellent opportunity for students of all ages to gain audition experience, receive valuable musicianship feedback from a judging panel of select university professors and respected area music educators, and have the chance to perform in the Honors Recital in Harris Theatre on the Mason Fairfax campus. A major component of the competition is the Audition Video, which the entrant will need to prepare and submit. Learn all the details in the step by step guide below!

This competition is open to both Academy students and students from other schools/ studios!

All Competition proceeds go to Academy scholarship and outreach programs, participation is not only good for you and your musical growth but also helps others in the community gain access to quality arts experiences.

*Note:  If you submit an audition video, you are committing to perform in the Honors Recital, if chosen.
Please check your availability carefully before entering!



Music note clip artSTEP ONE: Sign Up / Register


The first thing to do is to sign up for the Competition – for minors, this requires a Parent/ Guardian to assist! Competition entrants will fit into one of four Divisions:

The Entry Fee for the Competition is $28 (non-refundable, includes a $3 transaction fee). Click on the “Register Now” button below to begin, and have your credit card ready for payment. After you register, you will begin receiving important email communications regarding the Competition.

Register Now




Music note clip artSTEP TWO: Prepare & Submit Your Audition Video


Once you are signed up, it’s time to begin preparing for the all-important Audition Video! You will need to create a video of yourself playing your chosen piece of music using the guidelines below. You will also need to secure a collaborative pianist (if applicable to your specific instrument) and schedule any rehearsals and the recording session itself.



Music note clip artSTEP THREE: Await Judges Feedback/ Scores and Honors Recital Announcement


Your Audition Videos will be adjudicated and scored by a select panel of university professors and respected local music educators! Valuable Feedback Forms will be collected for each student. Once total scores are tallied, the Feedback Forms will be released to the students and the Honors Recital performers will be announced. The highest scoring students in each Division will be selected to perform.



Music note clip artSTEP FOUR: Honors Recital Performance in Mason’s Harris Theatre


Although we believe that everyone benefits from participation in the Competition, those receiving the highest scores will perform in the Honors Recital on stage in Harris Theatre on the Mason Fairfax campus, complete with a grand piano, lighting, backstage assistance and reception. For the selected performers, there is an additional $53 recital fee. Just like the Audition Video, you will once again need to secure a collaborative pianist (if applicable to your specific instrument) and schedule any rehearsals and the recital itself.



If you have questions, please contact the Academy office at or call 703-993-9889.