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2023 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Virtual Competition and Symposium 

Preliminary Round via recorded audio submission: October 15, 2022
Semifinal and Final Rounds live at the University of Arizona: January 5-8, 2023
Symposium at the University of Arizona: January 5-8, 2023

For questions about the application process, please contact Darrel Hale, Competition Director, at

The mission of The Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition is to provide an international competitive experience of the highest caliber for young women bassoonists in the Americas in order to build their confidence, hone their talents, and provide valuable experience towards performance careers. The organization will provide financial support, performance experience, artistic reinforcement, and inspiration through mentorship with world-class musicians and entrepreneurs at a three-day symposium. Each competition will feature a required repertoire piece by a living woman composer and will require speaking from the stage in order to cultivate in the young competitors a commitment to audience engagement and community involvement in the arts.

The name of the competition derives from the rich legacy of composer Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), who spent much of his prolific career working at a conservatory for young girls, the Seminario Musicale dell’Ospitale della Pietá in Venice. The spirit of creativity and benefaction of this competition is dedicated to Meg Quigley, an artist who had a passion for assisting young women in realizing their full potential.