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Welcome to the CalASTA-Los Angeles 2021 Annual Bowed Strings Solo Competition in conjunction with Acceptd! We are delighted to have you participate in the CalASTA Solo Competition this year.

There are a few important changes for 2021. Please be sure to read the New Bowed String Guidelines and apply here via Acceptd (rather than through CalASTA-LA), beginning on Feb. 1 for the April 18 Preliminary Round. The fee will be $65.

Please note that this year’s deadline to apply and submit videos is April 18. Results will be announced on April 30.
To comply with social distancing mandates, live accompaniment is not required.

Accompaniment is NOT required, however, the teacher and student may select the option best for the student from the options below:

  • Live accompaniment - please adhere to proper social distancing. Masks are recommended for all accompanists and students.
  • Pre-recorded accompaniment or accompaniment program, such as SmartMusic - please be sure the student’s instrument or voice is heard over the accompaniment.
RULES FOR VIDEO SUBMISSION : At no time may you identify yourself using your name or your teacher's name. You are to label the video with the piece you will be playing, DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME in the title of your video. (ie. Saint-Saens Cello Concerto in A Minor I. Allegro)

Also, note that there will be only three age categories, not four. This is designed to align with State age categories. 

Novice: age 12 and under--chair: Dr. Lucy Lewis at

Junior: ages 13 through 18--chair: Mrs. Esther Back at

Senior: ages 19 through 25--chair: Mr. Etsuo Ejiri at

There will be two rounds, preliminary and final. Adjudicators from each preliminary round may recommend three to four first-place winners from each instrument division and age category to compete in the Los Angeles Finals Competition. The Bowed String Finals application deadline is May 30 (fee paid by CalASTA LA); results will be announced on June 7.


If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate Preliminary Chair, as shown below: 




Looking forward to another great competition!


Esther Back, Dr. Lucy Lewis, and Etsuo Ejiri

Solo-Competition Preliminary Co-Chairs for Bowed Strings CalASTA Los Angeles Section

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