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For over 30 years, the Chinese Fine Arts Society’s annual Music Festival in Honor of Confucius Competition has introduced young musicians to the rich heritage of Chinese culture through music. Alumni of this program have gone on to attend some of the country’s best music conservatories, and many have even developed highly successful professional music careers.

The goal of the Competition is to introduce young musicians to the sounds and colors of Chinese music (both contemporary and traditional), and also give them the experience of competing in a nurturing environment, receiving constructive feedback from local educators.

The Competition consists of 4 divisions:

  • Instrumental Division (currently for violin, cello, and piano)
  • Chinese Instrument Division
  • Vocal Division
  • Chamber Music Division

Each division has specific age and repertoire requirements, and winners in each division will receive scholarships and the chance to perform at a Winners Concert and also throughout the year as representatives of the Chinese Fine Arts Society.

All participants will receive a certificate of participation, as well as earn huang zhong points based on their performance score. Learn more about “huang zhong points.”

In order to provide applicants with the best possible experience, the Music Festival will now include a preliminary video audition round, followed by a live finalists round. For more information regarding video application requirements, please visit the General Rules and deadlines page.

NEW – The 2020 Music Festival in Honor of Confucius has been cancelled – the 2021 Music Festival will be announced in the spring of 2021. CFAS staff is currently in the process of updating the repertoire lists. Please check back soon for more information. 

Please refer to our General Rules and Deadlines page for details about the next competition!