Tennessee ASTA Competition Guidelines
April 15, 2021


1. Open to string players (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Classical Guitar or Harp) who are students of active ASTA members.  

2. Two divisions:

    a. Junior, age 12-14 as of the date of the competition

    b. Senior, age 15-18 as of the date of the competition

3. Submission deadline of April 15.

4. Winners will be announced via email, our website, and Facebook page by 10 PM on April 23rd.

5. Checks will be mailed the week of April 25th.



Jinjoo Cho, Professor of Violin at McGill University and winner of the Indianapolis


Brannon Cho, First Prize winner of the Paulo Cello Competition, prize winner of the Queen Elisabeth, Naumburg, and Cassad├│ International Cello Competitions.



1.Videos must be uploaded to YouTube.

2. Must be set to public or unlisted. Please ensure that the video is not private.

3. Videos must be recorded in a single take. If recording more than one work, separate videos for each are permitted

4. Both hands, arms, and your face must be visible. Applicants must stay within the video frame for the entirety of the recording.

5. Any audio or video editing is prohibited. Any videos that are suspect will be disqualified.

6. If recording more than one work, separate videos for each are permitted.

7. Applicants should wear formal attire.

8. The videos of the winners will be shared on social media, the TnASTA website, and through e-newsletters.



Senior Division

    1st Prize: $500

    2nd Prize: $250
    3rd Prize: $100

 Junior Division

    1st Prize: $250

    2nd Prize: $100

    3rd Prize: $50

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



1. Applications and appropriate fees made payable to TnASTA must be postmarked by April 15, 2021.

    a.Fee: Application fees are $50 for students of ASTA members and $75 for students of non-ASTA members.


1. Due to COVID, all videos should be recorded with no accompaniment.



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

    a. Recordings should be 5-10 minutes of music of the candidate’s choice.

    b. Performing works longer than 10 minutes do not count against the candidate.

2. Senior division candidates must record two contrasting works.

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

    b. Both recordings cumulatively should be 10-20 minutes in length.

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