For over a century, the Pacific Musical Society & Foundation has nurtured the growth of gifted musicians by awarding merit-based scholarships to promising students in the Bay Area and surrounding regions. Each year we hold a competition for instrumentalists, pianists, vocalists, chamber groups, and composers in various age categories. For most categories, the competition requires entrants demonstrate significant musical skill and versatility by performing a variety of selections in styles from baroque to modern. Finalists are selected and perform for our competition judges and the public in an exciting live finals. Winners receive scholarship awards to support their ongoing musical education.
For the 2020 competition, we have made significant changes to the competition format to provide a more visible showcase for competition finalists and winners and to help make time constraints more manageable for busy students. Please see the entry information for more details.
See highlights of the stellar performances from the 2019 Competition Finals below: