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2023 Stulberg International String Competition Requirements

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 1, 2023 (11:59 p.m. EST)
  • Competition Date: Friday, May 19 - Saturday May 20, 2023
  • Competition Venue: Kalamazoo, Michigan
The Stulberg Competition is open to students of violin, viola, cello, or double bass.
Applicants must be age 19 or under as of January 1, 2023. Proof of date of birth will be required if selected as a semifinalist.
Current students of the 2023 Judges are not eligible to apply. 2023 Judges are Benjamin Beilman (violin), Anthony Elliott (cello), and Jessie Montgomery (composer/violin).


  • Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges who will select twelve semifinalists and four alternates.
  • Applicants will be notified of results no later than March 15, 2023.
  • Twelve semifinalists will compete on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20, 2023, before a panel of judges and an audience.
  • Semifinalists will perform a selection from a required list of Bach and a movement(s) from a standard concerto.
  • Six finalists will be chosen at the competition, and will perform additional movement/s at a Finals Concert to determine the medalists.
  • Details and guidelines available here.


  • Burdick-Thorne Gold Medal: $6,000 award and performance with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra or the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Chamber Orchestra
  • Silver Medal: $5,000 award and performance with the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra
  • Pinehurst Bronze Medal: $4,000 award and performance with the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra
  • Bach Award: $1,000 for best performance of solo Bach selection
  • Semifinalist Stipend: $1,000 each to the nine semifinalists not chosen for medals. 
The most current COVID-19 guidelines will be followed. We will rely on you to be personally responsible for your decision to join us.

Dated: September 9, 2022

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