Third Annual HEAV Music Competition will held on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at the homeschool convention in Richmond!

Are You a Musician?

Share the talent you’ve worked so hard to develop! HEAV is excited to once again hold our  music competition for convention participants.

Eligibility Requirements

Applications are being accepted now through April 13, 2018.

The competition is open to any currently homeschooled student.

Applicants must preregister for the convention.

Application fee:  $15 Member/$20 Non-member

The categories are:

  • Solo vocalist (with or without accompaniment)
  • Solo instrumentalist (with or without accompaniment)
  • Solo Pianist

Register here.

Questions? E-mail Ann Miranda at


First-Place Winners in each of three categories will each receive:

  • $100 cash,
  • a beautifully inscribed plaque, and
  • In addition, the first-place winners will perform at one of the HEAV Keynote Sessions

Second-Place Winners in each of the three categories will receive:

  • $50 cash,
  • a beautifully inscribed plaque, and

Third-Place Winners in each of the three categories will receive a beautifully inscribed plaque.

Check back! Additional prizes will be added soon.

Our Sponsor

A huge “thank you” to our sponsor, Liberty University School of Music, for making this competition possible!



Competition Rules:

  1. The competition will be held at the 35th Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention in Richmond, on Thursday afternoon (June 7, 2018), from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  2. The competition is open to any currently homeschooled student, high school senior and under. Accompanists may be any age. Past first place winners are not eligible to compete in the competition, but may ask to be considered for participation in a master class.
  3. Music should be classical, sacred, or traditional.
  4. Contestants may choose from one of three categories: piano, vocal, or instrumental. (no drums, please)
  5. Each competitor shall render only one musical selection to be performed in five minutes or less. In order to keep within the five-minute time limit, the competitor may eliminate part of his musical selection. The part to be removed must be marked on the score for the information of the judges.
  6. Competitors shall provide at least one (1) original score for the information of the judges. Due to copyright issues, no photocopies are allowed, without the publisher’s permission.
  7. Memorization of the music is recommended but not required.
  8. Evaluation sheets with judges’ comments will be given to the competitor at the end of his competition.
  9. Dressing up is recommended as your appearance will reflect on your stage presence.
  10. Participants will be judged on mastery of his instrument in the following areas:
    • faithfulness to score
    • technique interpretation
    • stage presence
    • complexity of composition
    • memorization (recommended)
  11. First-, second-, and third-place winners will be determined in each of the categories.
  12. First-place winners will be presented at a keynote session to perform their winning piece for the attendees. Therefore, first-place winners must agree to be present at their designated keynote sessions on either Friday, June 8, or Saturday, June 9. The piano and vocal category winners will play at one of the keynote sessions on Friday, and the instrumental winner will play on Saturday.
  13. Since there will be a limited number of competitors, applications will be accepted until the performance time-allotment is filled.
  14. HEAV reserves the right to decline an applicant based on the rules of the competition and the appropriateness of the musical selection.
  15. Judges decisions are final.


Music Competition FAQs

[engine_collapsibles][engine_collapse title=”May I use a recorded CD for accompaniment?” state=””] No, CD accompaniment is not permitted.[/engine_collapse]
[engine_collapse title=”What do I wear for the competition?” state=””]Don’t feel that you must buy anything special to wear for the competition. Recommended attire is a suit or tux for the young men and a nice dress or gown for the young women. Modest attire is appropriate—no tight clothing, plunging necklines, or bare shoulders are permitted.[/engine_collapse]
[engine_collapse title=”Is the five-minute time limit enforced?” state=””]Yes, the time limit will be strictly enforced.[/engine_collapse]
[engine_collapse title=”If I win first place in my category, at which keynote session will I be playing?” state=””]The winner of the piano category and the vocal category will be playing at the keynote sessions on Friday. The winner of the instrumental category will play at the keynote session on Saturday.[/engine_collapse]
[engine_collapse title=”What are the prizes?” state=””]First place in each category: $100 and the winners will perform their musical selection at a keynote session.

Second place in each category: $50

(There are also some additional, special prizes that will be announced shortly.)[/engine_collapse]
[engine_collapse title=”What time is the competition on Thursday?” state=””]The competition will be from 1:30 p.m. until approximately 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 8. [/engine_collapse]
[engine_collapse title=”Will the competition be broken up into age categories for the judging?” state=””]No, there will not be separate age categories. Everyone will be judged individually, based on faithfulness to score; technique; interpretation; stage presence; complexity of composition; and memorization. Everyone will then receive a copy of the judge’s score sheet– including any comments from the judges. [/engine_collapse]