The Competition is open to young musicians who are not older than 23 as of December 15, 2017 and are legal residents of U.S.

Preliminary Round: Contestants must be prepared to play their piece(s) in their entirety in the preliminary and final rounds. The concerto movements or pieces of similar level of difficulty must be performed from memory in both rounds.

Instrumentalists: Total of two – Movements from two different major concerti or two equivalent concert pieces with technical difficulties similar to a concerto, up to 25 min. from the Classical or Romantic Periods. One of the works may be substituted with a work from the 20th c.

Vocalists: MHYAC is not currently accepting vocalist applications for the competition.

Preliminary Round:
The preliminary round must be uploaded to YouTube you must properly share the video with An entry fee of $75.00 must be sent to P.O. Box 751642 Houston, TX 77275 by December 15th, 2017. MHYAC will not process any application without a working YouTube submission and payment.

MHYAC reserves the right to dismiss any applicant if his or her application is found to be ineligible or misleading in any way. Such disqualification may be made at any time, up to and including the date of the scheduled performance. A disqualified applicant will forfeit the performing experience and prize and no refund of fees or expenses will be given. The MHYAC will have sole discretion to award the prize and the opportunity to an alternate candidate.

Attention: Participants of the Preliminary Round will be notified of their results by email by January 16th, 2018. Application fee payment should be by money order or cashier’s check; please do not send cash. Checks should be made payable to MHYACF.

Final Round:
The ten finalists will meet and have a group picture taken at 8:15 a.m. on January 21, 2018 at the Duncan Recital Hall at the Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Attendance for the group picture is mandatory. Finalists will perform live on Sunday January 21, 2018, between 8:30 am and 1pm, on stage at the Duncan Hall at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Contestants must perform the same concerto movements or pieces of music they performed and recorded for the preliminary round. At least one original solo part/piano reduction/score plus two copies must be supplied to the adjudicators. Contestants must perform with their own piano accompanist. MHYACF will not provide accompanists.

Prizes are $5,000.00 plus a 45 minute solo recital for first place and $1,000.00 plus a 30 minute solo for second place.  The winner’s recital will occur at 5:30 p.m. on the evening of February 4th, 2018 on stage at Duncan Recital Hall at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.  Winners must perform at this recital; failure to perform at this recital will result in the loss of the prize. Awards will be presented on March 19th, at the conclusion of the performance event.

Please be aware: All Final Ten performances will be video recorded and archived on the website and You Tube open for viewing. Winners will play not just at the Winners’ Concert but at other performances too at their availability.

Directions to Shepherd School of Music – Duncan Recital Hall, Rice University:
Please use entrance 18 off of Rice Boulevard, or entrance 8 off of University Boulevard.