The 2019 Competition for Young Musicians

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The competition will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the University of North Texas College of Music in Denton, TX. Specific room assignment and time will be sent once all scheduling is complete.

Applications must be postmarked or emailed by midnight February 22, 2019


Any high school or home-schooled student of voice, piano or orchestral instrument may enter. Students residing in Denton County and its adjacent counties are eligible. Competitors must have turned 14 by September 1, 2018.


Contestants are to prepare two challenging pieces of contrasting styles.** Selections must be approved by the student’s instructor/ensemble director, and by the DBS audition committee. Audition time will be limited to 10 minutes. Participants may not be required to perform selections in their entirety.


An entry fee of $15, made payable to The Denton Bach Society, is to be sent with the completed application form or via Pay Pal on the DBS website.


The winner in each division will receive a cash award of $250.00, a gift certificate from Pender’s Music for $150, and an opportunity to perform at a Denton Bach Society event, Sunday May 5, 2019.

Application forms may be obtained at Pender’s Music Company in Denton, or downloaded here.

Denton Bach Society
Competition for Young Musicians
2018 Winners

Thank you to all who entered!

Beverly Hoch, Competition Coordinator

Congratulations to our winners of the 17th Annual Denton Bach Society Competition for Young Musicians held on March 3, 2018 at the University of North Texas College of Music. Entrants represented grades 9-12 from the area of Denton and its surrounding counties.

Vocal Division
William Swinney, tenor
Student of Thomas Rinn

Honorable Mention
Skylar DuBose, Student of Thomas Rinn;   Ana Hopper, Student of Charlotte Ellsaesasser;  A.J. Vinson Student of Terrie Preskitt

Instrumental Division
Smrithi Upadhyayula, flute
Student of Cecilia Hamilton

Honorable Mention
Teresa Mina Lee, Recorder; Paul Leenhouts, Teacher
Francisco Moràn, Bassoon; Amy Woody, Teacher


Piano Division
Annie Zhi
Student of Dr. Christina Long

Honorable Mention
William Leicht; Dr. Mary Humm, Teacher

The three Winners each received

  • $150.00 cash award

  • $150.00 in Pender's Music Co. gift certificate

  • Performance opportunity on Sunday, May 6, 2018
    at the Society's General Members Meeting

Judges of the 2018 Competition of Young Musicians

Vocal Division

Gwynne Johnson
Twyla Robinson

Instrumental & Piano Divisions

Dr. Elvia Puccinelli
Professor John Scott