High School Performance & Songwriting Competition

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The High School Competition is an opportunity for young musicians to develop their skill as a performer or songwriter. If you are a student preparing to audition for post-secondary studies in music, this is a good way to prepare your audition repertoire, and learn about best recording practices.

Five categories will be judged individually, with the winner of each category awarded a prize of $400.

  • Voice
  • Piano
  • Strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass, classical guitar, harp)
  • Winds, Brass & Percussion (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium/baritone, tuba, percussion instruments)
  • Songwriting

What’s the catch?
There is no catch, no strings attached. You have no obligation to attend Western if you are a prize winner, but we'd love to see you here!

Submission Requirements

Deadline for entries
Submissions, including recordings, must be received by February 15, 2022.

Only those students currently attending a Canadian High School are eligible to participate.

All participants must submit a video recording of 1-2 selections, with a combined length of no more than 10 minutes.

Voice, piano, strings, winds, brass and percussion participants must perform their selections themselves, with or without accompaniment.

Songwriters can have others perform their music, or it may be generated on laptop or other electronic instrument.

Recordings can be submitted by YouTube link (visibility may be set to "unlisted"), Vimeo link (privacy may be set to "only people with a password" – but be sure to provide the password during registration), or video files can be uploaded directly while filling out the competition registration form.

Video recordings must be prepared according to the following conditions:

  • The recording must be of high quality, especially the audio
  • The performer's face and hands must be visible throughout the recording
  • Songs may be recorded separately, but each one must be recorded in a single take without any edits

Register & Submit Your Recordings

Contact Us

Sasha Gorbasew
Recruitment Co-ordinator
519-661-2111 x80532