Music Competition Application Information and Instructions

Hunt Country Music Festival Competition

May 21, 2022 – Middleburg United Methodist Church

Entry Deadline: May 1, 2022 for a Chance to Win $1400 in Cash Prizes

1. All applicants must register online and pay the entry fee of $30.00. Online applications and application fees must be submitted and received no later than May 1, 2022 in order to qualify for consideration in this Competition.

2. Applicants must be a resident of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick or Loudoun County.

3. The Competition is divided into two divisions: Junior and Senior. Students ages 10 through 14 compete in the Junior Division; students ages 15 through 18 compete in the Senior Division.

4. The Competition is open to all performers on any standard orchestral instrument and piano. (No vocalists this year.)

5. Repertoire should be chosen from the standard classical repertoire. Contemporary popular music will not be accepted.

6. The competition piece shall be no longer than 7 minutes.

7. All applicants must submit a YouTube or Vimeo link to a recording of their competition piece as part of their online application. Raw video files shall not be accepted. Applicants are responsible for verifying that their video link functions properly to ensure that the judges are able to view their video submission. The video shall contain a recording of their competition piece only. There must be no other works in the video.

8. The video should follow the format below:
a. The video begins with the competitor announcing his or her name and age.
b. The competitor announces the full title of the piece to be performed.
c. The competitor plays his or her competition piece, without any stops, splices or editing. 

9. Competitors will be notified on May 10 if they have been selected to compete in the finals on May 21, 2022. The final competition shall be held at 10 AM at the Middleburg United Methodist Church, 15 W. Washington St., Middleburg VA.

10. The winner of each division will receive a prize of $400. The first runner up in each division shall receive a prize of $200 and the second runner up shall receive a prize of $100.

11. The decision of the Competition judges is final.

13. All participants must use legal copies of music. All works published in the United States before 1923 are in the public domain. Works published after 1922, but before 1978 are protected for 95 years from the date of publication. If the work was created, but not published, before 1978, the copyright lasts for the life of the composer plus 70 years.

14. Contestants accepted for the final competition must supply the judges with 2 copies of the music.

15. In order to keep within the 7 minute time limit, contestants may eliminate part of his or her composition. The part eliminated shall be marked on the score for the information of the judges.


Questions?  Contact Dr. Steven Cooksey,, phone: (540) 539-8078