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Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition

 Symphony of the Mountains will be conducting our annual Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition named in Honor of Elizabeth Harper Vaughn, who was the founding president of Women’s Symphony Committee in 1953. With this prestigious competition, Symphony of the Mountains’ Women’s Symphony Committee recognizes and rewards talented young musicians and vocalist. 

Instruments: Strings, Winds, Brass, Percussion, Harp, Guitar, Piano and Vocals. 

Age: Applicants must have been born on or after January 1, 1997. (25 or younger) 

Application Materials: Information sheet (can be found at, letter of recommendation from the applicant’s instructor, a video link of the applicant performing the entire concerto or aria to be played at the final round of the competition with a piano accompaniment, and a $20 non-refundable entrance fee. 

Deadline: Applications must be in our office by Friday, September 23rd, 2022, by 4:00pm EST. Finalists will be selected by Friday, September 30th. 

Each finalist will receive a $250 honorarium after performing in the final round of the competition in Kingsport, TN on Saturday, October 15th. The first-place winner will receive an additional $750 honorarium after returning as a guest artist with our orchestra to perform a piece selected in collaboration with the Music Director. Finalists are responsible for transportation costs. Housing will be provided by a host family in Kingsport. 

Applications may be submitted by email with a video link of your performance at or by mail with a flash drive at 1200 East Center Street Suite 311, Kingsport, TN 37660 (Attn: Elizabeth Harper Vaughn). 

For more information, please call the Symphony of the Mountains office at (423) 392-8423 or by email at 

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