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Musical Bridges Around the World is a performing arts nonprofit that celebrates our shared humanity by providing access to global arts for all! The organization currently has the following programs open for application through the Acceptd platform:

2022 applications & auditions open April 22nd and close June 1st
This scholarship provides college tuition assistance to young string instrument players in the greater San Antonio, TX area who are preparing for careers in classical music.


application process is currently closed, please check back in January 2023 to see the dates and the rules for The Gurwitz 2024.
In the spirit of piano artistry, The Gurwitz International Piano Competition presents public competition to discover the next generation of top young pianists from around the world while bridging the art of classical piano with World Music that celebrates cultural diversity. This quadrennial competition was founded in 1983 as the San Antonio International Piano Competition and was renamed for the 2020 competition to The Gurwitz International Piano Competition, commemorating long-time president emeritus Ruth Jean Gurwitz, who passed away in 2015. The Gurwitz is a member of both the World Federation of International Music Competitions and the Alink-Argerich Foundation. Twelve contestants selected from the application process are flown to San Antonio, TX for four rounds of competition, with three finalists performing for the Grand Finale with the San Antonio Symphony. 

The application process is currently closed, to check about the next application period and how to apply, please email

An important element of The Gurwitz International Piano Competition's mission is to encourage the development of pianists in the greater San Antonio area and Texas through the Gurwitz Youth Ambassador program. Young pianists represent Musical Bridges Around the World and The Gurwitz to showcase the positive experiences music can bring to people of all ages and backgrounds in our community.

Ambassadors are 19 years of age or younger and come with highest recommendation from their piano teachers. Ambassadors are asked to play seasonal music or a short recital, to attend or participate in a master class, or to speak with students about how they chose to play piano. These aspiring young pianists play for crowds large or small and serve as the “Opening Act” for Gurwitz-sponsored recitals by professional pianists. Youth Ambassadors receive certificates for their work and are included by Musical Bridges Around the World in select activities with international artists throughout the concert season.

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