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This annual competition brings together exceptional student and adult musicians from across the Carolinas in a day of adjudication, educational opportunities, college counseling, and campus tours — a unique and transformative experience for young musicians and their families.

View the results of the February 12, 2022 Competition >


Highlights of the 2022 Competition

  • Public masterclass with internationally-renowned Baroque cellist Guy Fishman, Principal Continuo of the Bach Akademie Orchestra
  • Prizes include a Baroque bow and the opportunity to perform in a public concert at Queens' Sandra Levine Theatre in the Sarah Belk Gambrell Center for the Arts and Civic Engagement during the 2022 Charlotte Bach Festival 
  • Access to admissions counseling and Queens University campus tours

Applications open November 1, 2021 to Middle and High School Students aged 12-18 residing in North or South Carolina and studying with a private music teacher. Students will be asked to submit an application comprised of a video performance of one piece written before 1800 as well as a brief personal statement. 

Competition Information

WHEN: Saturday, February 12, 2022

WHERE: Sarah Belk Gambrell Center for the Arts and Civic Engagement, Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina


 Ages 12–18

High School:
Piano/Organ, Strings, Woodwinds/Brass,

Middle School:
Piano/Organ, Strings, Woodwinds/Brass 

(The adult category is intended for avocational students who will have the opportunity to perform repertoire for feedback only by a panel of judges. It is not a competition.)

REPERTOIRE: One piece by J.S. Bach; one piece written before 1800
(For woodwinds, one piece by Vivaldi, Handel, or Telemann; one piece written before 1800)

APPLICATION The fee for entering the competition is $75. The deadline to submit applications is December 15, 2021. This registration fee covers the application, pre-screening, and adjudication, —as well as admission to all public events during the Carolina Bach Competition. 

Early registration discount: $50.

The application fee has been reduced from $75 to $50. The fee is nonrefundable and does not guarantee entrance to the competition. 


November 1, 2021: Application Opening Date (Pre-Screening Round)

December 15, 2021: Application Closing Date (Pre-Screening Round)

January 3, 2022: Competition Participants Announced (based on Pre-Screening outcomes)

February 12, 2022: Carolina Bach Competition 

For more information, visit the Competition Rules & Guidelines page.