There will be three clearly defined rounds in the competition: Preliminary, Semi-Finals and Finals.

1.   Competitors will be chosen from a preliminary round of YouTube submissions which will include required repertoire plus some repertoire of the contestant’s choice. Total playing time of the video shall not exceed one hour. Online YouTube submissions must be submitted NO LATER than Friday, February 12, 2021. 

Semi-Finalists will be announced, no later than Monday, March 1, 2021. Semi-Finalists will have one week to submit their recital program, which will be due on Monday, March 8, 2021. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the competition.

2.   Three judges who are not part of the Lynn University Conservatory of Music faculty will choose a maximum of eight (8) semi-finalists to take part in the semi-final round of the competition. All sonatas and contemporary works (1980 to the present) may be played from music however short pieces and virtuoso pieces must be played from memory. The competitors will perform before a jury of three and will be prepared to play one movement from each piece plus the virtuoso piece at the discretion of the judges. 


3.   After the conclusion of the semi-final round, a maximum of four contestants will be announced to proceed to the final round.


4.   The final round will be open to the public. The judges will choose the repertoire to be played. The winner will be announced following the final round.

The semi-final round will take place Friday, March 19, 2021 in the Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall.


The Final round will take place Saturday, March 20, 2021,

7:30 - 9:30 pm in the Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall.


The winner with their collaborating pianist of the John Oliveira String Competition will perform in recital before a live audience on Sunday, April 18, 2021 in the Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall at 4:00 pm. The concert will be advertised and the public is welcome to attend. To reserve seats please click here.

Additional concerts will be announced no later than J-term.


The competition will be open to all string players studying at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music during the 2020-2021 school year. No previous string winners may compete. All collaborative piano students are required to participate. Only student pianists may compete.

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