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ECB Supports Young Musicians


We are proud to play an active role in the continuing education and encouragement of young musicians. Our scholarships exist to keep their enthusiasm and interest in music alive.

ECB sponsors an annual scholarship competition to promote the musical development of students ages 13 - 18, who reside in Alameda or Contra Costa counties. Winners receive cash scholarships and perform for ECB at the winners' concert in May.

A second grant, funded by a bequest from Maria Homem, targets music education programs that create opportunities for underserved children and youth.


2024 Young Artist Competition details

Application Deadline (postmark): March 2nd
Competition at the Hillside Club: April 2nd
Winners' Concert & Awards Ceremony: May 20th

Rules and Requirements:

  • Entrant must be a resident of Alameda or Contra Costa County
  • Winners must perform at the Winners Concert in order to receive their award
  • Two of the three works must be performed from memory
  • Singers are encouraged to sing in more than one language
  • Two divisions: Junior (age 13 - 15) and Senior (age 16 - 18) as of April 2nd, 2024. (Previous First Prize Winners are not eligible in the same division)
  • One work from each of the following periods must be included:
    1. Baroque or Classical
    2. Romantic or Impressionistic
    3. 20th century/Contemporary or an original composition
  • Entrant must furnish his/her own accompanist
  • Entrant must furnish one copy of the music to the judges (including for an original composition)
  • Entrant must submit $35 application fee with the application form by the application deadline, March 2nd, 2024 (a reduced fee is available for low-income families)
  • The decision of the judges is final

For more information, email Katy Wilson or phone (510) 928-4971.