2016 New York Music Competition

The New York Music Competition for Young Artists invites talented young musicians skilled in piano, violin, or cello to display their musical talent. This event provides musicians the opportunity to discover their musical potential and work towards their future career plans.

First and second place winners perform at the 450-seat Merkin Concert Hall, an intimate space that is renowned as being one of New York’s best performance spaces for chamber music. Over the past 18 years, over 1,500 children and youth ages 5-17 have participated in this event. As a result of the training, experience, and recruitment of talent, more than 400 winners have made or are making their careers in music. Proud to be a sponsor for young talents, the YWCA of Queens Music Committee continues to work hard to increase the level of success and talent in the competition year after year and intends to gather more support from sponsors from the community.


Event Date

The 2016 competition schedule will be from April 25-28, 2016 (Monday-Thursday) at the YWCA of Queens: 42-07 Parsons Boulevard, Flushing NY 11355

Monday (4/25): Piano Preliminary
Tuesday (4/26): Piano Final
Wednesday (4/27): Violin
Thursday (4/28): Cello

* For Composition Applicants: There will be no performance dates. Compositions will be evaluated separately from the above schedule.
Application Deadline: April 4,  2016

How to Register

  1. Online Register or
  2. Download the 2016 APPLICATION FORM, BROCHURE and submit in person to the YWCA or by mail in one envelope to:
    YWCA of Queens / ATTN: Yoon Hee Son  / 42-07 Parsons Blvd. / Flushing, NY 11355

Grand Prize: $500 & YWCA Recital

1st Place Categories C/D: $300 & plaque
1st Place Categories A/B: $100 & plaque
*1st and 2nd place winners performance at Merkin Concert Hall (excluding A1 category violin winners)