Tennessee ASTA Competition Guidelines
Saturday, December 14, 2019


1. Open to all string players (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Classical Guitar or Harp) who take private lessons.  

2. Two divisions:

    a. Junior, age 11-15 as of the date of the competition

    b. Senior, age 16-19 as of the date of the competition

3. Each division will have a 1st and 2nd prize as well as an honorable mention.

4. Formal attire is required for competitors.

5. All musical selections must be memorized.




    1st Prize: $800

    2nd Prize: $400


    1st Prize: $400

    2nd Prize: $200

The judges withhold the right to not award any or all prizes.



1.Online applications and appropriate fees must be completed and paid by Nov. 15, 2019. No late entries will be accepted.

2. Applications fees are $75 for ASTA members and $125 for non-ASTA members.



1. Piano accompaniment is required for any non-solo work.

2. A professional accompanist can be provided by ASTA for a fee of $75.00, which must be requested and paid for at the time of application. The accompanist will provide a brief pre-performance run-through. If more time for run-through is desired, the competitor will be charged according to his/her assigned accompanist’s personal rate. Competitors must request the additional time with their applications, so that arrangements may be made



University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
1741 Volunteer Blvd
Knoxville, TN, 37916


Rehearsals with accompanists: 8 AM – 10 AM
Competition Performances: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Winners will be announced 15 minutes after the final performance is complete.



1. Junior division candidates can select any one work that best represents their ability.

    a. Candidates will have a 10-minute time slot in which to perform during the preliminary round. Works will be performed in their entirety during the final round.

    b. Performing works longer than 10 minutes do not count against the candidate. Judges reserve the right to ask the candidate to play any part of the work.

2. Senior division candidates must play 2 contrasting works.

    a. One of the works must be a first or last movement from a standard classical or romantic concerto.

    b. Selections from both works will be played during the preliminary round.

    c. The final round will consist of the concerto movement performed in it’s entirety.

We are an organization committed to advocacy for education in the performance of violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, and harp.

ASTA Student Chapter National Contacts

Kari Hahn, Director of Membership
(703) 279-2113 ext 14

Marjorie Bagley, Student Chapter Liaison