The Washington International Competitions (WIC), sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club Foundation, are held for singers, pianists, string players, and composers. Through the authority of its judges, high musical standards, and the quality of young performers attracted, the Washington International Competitions offer—both in the United States and abroad—a significant opportunity for young artists to step upward from the ranks of talented students to recognition as professionals. Winners of these competitions have gone on to win other important contests and achieve distinction on concert and opera stages. Winners receive substantial cash awards, complementary membership in the FMMC for five years, and the opportunity to perform in recital or as soloist with orchestras in prestigious Washington venues.
Established in 1950, WIC competitions for singers, pianists, and string players are held each spring in annual rotation. A piano competition will take place in 2014, a string competition in 2015, and a voice competition in 2016.
Established in 1976, the WIC composers’ competition is held every 3 years for the composition of a string quartet, piano quartet, piano quintet, piano trio, or string trio. The next composers’ competition is in 2015.
Applicants for performance competitions are first auditioned from MP3 recordings submitted to an online application site. Those accepted as semi-finalists are invited to come to Washington to compete before a panel of judges composed of outstanding performers, distinguished teachers, and others of recognized stature in various fields of music. Semi-finals and the finals are open to the public free of charge—a great opportunity to hear promising young artists in a varied program.
Donations and bequests to support the Washington International Competition can be made through checks to The Friday Morning Music Club Foundation. For information on how to donate, see the Donations section on our FMMC Foundation page.
2014-2015 Competition Schedule
2015 Washington International Competition for Composition — application link will be open as of October 1, 2014 and will close on February 15, 2015; winner announced by April 1; and winning composition will be performed by professional musicians of the Washington, DC area at the finals for the Washington International String Competition on June 7, 2015, at 2:00 pm in the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
2015 Washington International Competition for Strings — application process is now open and all materials are available at http://app.getacceptd.com/wic (contestants can submit their application, pay the application fee, and download MP3 selections using this site); applications will be accepted until Monday, March 9, 2015; semi-finals will take place at George Washington University in the Benjamin T. Rome Music Hall at 801 22nd Street, NW, in Room B-120 on both Friday, June 5, and Saturday, June 6; and finals will take place on June 7, 2015, at 2:00 pm in the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.