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 2011, a string competition in 2012, and a voice competition in 2013.
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 2012.
Applicants for performance competitions are first auditioned from CD recordings. Those accepted then 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.
Spring 2012 — the next Washington International Competition for Strings and Composition
Spring 2013 — the next Washington International Competition for Voice