Vernell Gregg Young Artists Competition
for students in Grades 6 through 12

All applications will be submitted through ACCEPTD, including application form, video recording, and payment. Complete rules and regulations can be found at ACCEPTD



The 2021 Vernell Gregg Young Artists Competition will take place entirely online. See Application Process below for compete instructions.



  • The competition is open to all students in Grades 6 through 12.

  • There is no geographic limitation.

  • Competitors may not be students of any of the judges.


  • Senior: Grades 9 - 12

  • Junior: Grades 6 - 8



  • Piano

  • Strings and Harp

  • Winds and Percussion


Bill and Grace Lawrence Scholarship
The Grand Prize Winner will receive the $1,000 Bill and Grace Lawrence Scholarship.

Performance with the Symphony
The Grand Prize Winner will perform with the Lewisville Lake Symphony on February 12, 2021.


  • Grand Prize: One winner will perform with the Lewisville Lake Symphony and will receive the $1,000 Bill and Grace Lawrence Scholarship. The concert will be recorded on Friday, February 12, 2021 and live streamed on Sunday, February 14.

  • The Grand Prize winner may be either a junior or senior entrant.

  • Place Winners: First, second, third and honorable mention winners may be named in both divisions.

  • The judges will designate a Grand Prize winner only if they deem the contestant worthy. If no entrant meets acceptable standards, no winner will be declared. The decision of the judges will be final.


How to apply

Preliminary Round:

  • Upload a high-quality YouTube video (audio+video) of an entire concerto from the approved repertory list (see Repertoire below).

  • The video selections may be accompanied by either piano or orchestra.

  • Contestants who are currently studying with any of the judges may not apply.

  • Orchestral tutti cuts are permitted.

  • The video must have been made during 2020 or 2021, not before

  • The video must show the hands and face of the contestant.

  • The video must be unedited.

  • It is suggested that each movement be recorded separately for easier uploading and recording. Be sure to rename each file with your name, composer, concerto, and movement number.
  • The contestant must play the entire concerto from memory.

  • Deadline of the Preliminary Round submission is Monday, January 11, 2021 at 11:59pm CST.

  • Contestants will be notified of the results of the preliminary round by e-mail on or before January 17.

Final Round:

  • A panel of distinguished judges will judge the videos in getAcceptd from their homes beginning on January 18.

  • The winner will be announced on or before Saturday, January 23, after the judges have made their final decision.



  • Each contestant must perform from memory a complete concerto from the approved repertoire list.

  • Students who wish to perform a concerto not on the repertoire list must receive written approval in the form of an e-mail from the Lewisville Lake Symphony's Music Director prior to the application deadline. This is unlikely to be granted. A copy of the approval e-mail must accompany the application.

Entry Fee
A non-refundable fee of $55 must be submitted online with your application.




For questions regarding the competition, please contact