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Bach Akademie Charlotte announces the inaugural Carolina Bach Competition
February 12, 2022

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.

COVID-19 NOTE: For this season's competition, the Carolina Bach Competition will only accept applications from fully vaccinated individuals. Students aged 12 and older are welcome to apply. 

BEFORE SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION, PLEASE READ THE COMPETITION RULES & GUIDELINES THOROUGHLY.

YOUTH APPLICATION           ADULT APPLICATION


Stay informed.

 

Highlights of the 2022 Competition

  • Public masterclass with internationally-renowned Baroque cellist Guy Fishman, Principal Continuo of the Bach Akademie Orchestra
  • Competition finalists perform in a public concert at Queens' Sandra Levine Theatre in the Sarah Belk Gambrell Center for the Arts and Civic Engagement
  • Prizes include a Baroque bow and performance opportunities at 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

DIVISIONS:

YOUTH COMPETITION
 Ages 12–18


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

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

ADULT AMATEUR ADJUDICATION
(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: Apply by December 1 at a discounted rate of $50.

The application fee is nonrefundable and does not guarantee entrance to the competition. 


IMPORTANT DATES:

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.


Questions?

We will respond quickly. Submitting the form will also add you to our Carolina Bach Competition email list.


Applications open until December 15, 2021

Apply by November 30 and save $25 off the application fee.