Application fee payment instructions and the online payment portal can be found at schubert.org/education/payment

Q: Is my application accepted? What do I do next? 
A: Applications are processed by a staff member in the order they are received. Once your application is processed you will either receive confirmation and video submission instruction emails or an email requesting any incomplete materials (e.g. different repertoire, payment for application fee). Note: our offices are closed December 24, 2021-January 2, 2022. If you applied after December 22, we will be processing your application after January 3. 

Q: Are there still openings in my division? 
A: As of this writing, likely. Your application will be processed in the order of its receipt. If your division is full, you will be added to a waitlist and informed of your status. Applicants who cannot compete due to a full or canceled division will have their application fees refunded. Divisions that regularly reach capacity before the deadline are: Piano II, Strings II, and Voice I; Other divisions that occasionally fill before the deadline are: Brass & Woodwinds III, Piano III, and Strings III. Most applications are received in the final two weeks. If you apply two or more weeks before the deadline, you are much more likely to receive a slot.

Q: My division is full. May I still apply and be on a waitlist? 
A: Yes, you may apply to be on a waitlist. We will do our best to let you know 1-2 weeks before the competition date if you are accepted to compete. If we cannot admit you to compete, your application fee will be refunded.

Q: I am younger than the starting age/grade for my instrument category. May I still apply? 
A: Students younger than the starting age/grade for their division may apply, but they will be put on a waiting list. If the division fills by the deadline, their application fee will be refunded. If the division does not fill, they will be admitted to the division and may compete.

Eras & Repertoire

Q: May I change my repertoire? 
A: We will accept changes to repertoire up to two weeks before the competition date (March 4, 2022). After that date, we need to begin preparing competition judging materials, which contain repertoire information. Please send any repertoire change requests to Gweni Smith at gsmith@schubert.org

Q: Is Franz Schubert considered Classical/Pre-1827 or 19th Century/Romantic?
A: For the purposes of this competition, he is considered Romantic. 

For this competition – particularly for composers on the edges of or overlapping eras – repertoire classifications are determined by a combination of composer active dates and genres, piece style/genre, and composition/publication/premiere dates.

Q: May cuts be made to the orchestral interludes in Concerti?
A: Yes, for concerti, cuts may be made to the orchestral interludes. 

Q: What does “indicate the specific movement(s) that you are performing by number and tempo”? Do you need the metronome markings? 
A: That means we need to know which movement (e.g. II, 4, or movement 1) AND the movement title or tempo indication (word not metronome). e.g. movement 3: Allegro or IV. Sarabande. We do NOT need metronome markings. 

Important Dates
  • Applications Open: October 1, 2021
  • Applications Due: Monday, January 31, 2022
  • Repertoire Changes Due: Monday, February 28, 2022
  • Preliminaries: Saturday, March 19, 2022, 8:00am–5:30pm
  • Finals: Sunday, March 20, 2022, 9:00am–4:30pm

 Musicians on the Rise

Winners Recital: Saturday, April 2, 2022, 1:00pm

Ordway Concert Hall
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102


Scholarship Competition Categories

Note: The age of contestants is determined as of 09/01/21.


Level I: Grades 7, 8, 9
Level II: Grades 10, 11, 12
Level III: College Freshman through age 23
Level IV: Age 24 through 28


Level I: Grades 7, 8, 9
Level II: Grades 10, 11, 12
Level III: College Freshman through age 23
Level IV: Age 24 through 28

Brass & Woodwinds

Level II: Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Level III: College Freshman through age 28


Grade 9 through age 28


Level I:  Age 18 through 21
Level II:  Age 22 through 25
Level III:  Age 26 through 30

Organ: for information about the organ competition, please contact Dr. Mary Newton at mayanewton@yahoo.com

Other Questions?

Looking for a confirmation email? Schubert Club reviews each application individually in order of receipt. You will not receive an automatic confirmation but will receive an email from staff after your application has been reviewed.

Other Questions? Please contact:

Kate Cooper at 651.292.3266 or kcooper@schubert.org

Gweni Smith at 651.789.4412 or gsmith@schubert.org

Looking for a Collaborative Pianist? Check our online directory.


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Music Educators

If you would like to publicize the Competition information within your music school or studio with posters or postcards, please contact Gweni Smith at gsmith@schubert.org or 651-789-4412.