BRAVO! Logo (Schumaker)


March 1, 2018 livestream link–
February 2, 2018: Congratulations to the performers listed below for being chosen by audition for this year’s showcase–

Emily Bosak, violin
Grace Notes II, cello quintet
Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet
Michael Keeler, saxophone
Mei Lanting, piano
Lydia Schubkegel, cello
Sava Velkoff, viola

Announcing the 2018 BRAVO! Competition, a community effort to showcase young musicians in the greater Kalamazoo area. BRAVO! partner organizations include the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Black Arts & Cultural Center, Crescendo Academy of Music, Fontana, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Public Media Network, WMUK 102.1 FM, and the Stulberg International String Competition.

It takes a village… and we are so grateful to all of the organizations and individuals who contribute their time, efforts and resources to provide opportunities for these young musicians to perform for you, our community. Once you experience a performance by these young artists, you will agree that our artistic future is in wonderfully capable hands!

The best musical talent of local high school-aged students

BRAVO! performances showcase the best musical talent of local high school-aged students. Performers are selected by audition, which will take place on Monday, January 29, 2018. Audition applications are due by Monday, January 22, 2018 – see below for details and links. Applicants will be contacted to schedule an audition time once a completed application is received.

The 2018 BRAVO! winners will be selected by a panel of judges, then featured in a FREE recital in the Judy K. Jolliffe Theatre in the Epic Center on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7 pm.

High school-aged student musicians (grades 9-12) performing any style and genre of music may apply. Solos and ensembles welcomed. Those selected must perform the same work as performed at the audition.

Applications due Monday, January 22, 2018.

Apply online or download the application form here. Submit downloaded form via mail or email to The $20 application fee may be paid online or via check payable to Stulberg Competition. Ensemble applications require only one $20 fee. Printed materials and checks (payable to Stulberg Competition) may be mailed to:

Stulberg Competition
Attention: BRAVO!
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 14
Kalamazoo MI, 49007
(may also fax printed materials to 269/345-5461)

Families qualifying for free/reduced lunch can submit a letter of verification from their schools instead of the fee.

Auditions are Monday, January 29, 2018 beginning at 6 pm (application required).

Auditions will be held at the Crescendo Academy of Music in the Epic Center on Monday, January 29, 2018 starting at 6 pm. Applicants will be contacted to schedule an audition time once a completed application is received. Applicants must provide their own piano accompanist for auditions, unless the work to be performed is a cappella. For accompanist recommendations, please contact the Stulberg office at or 269-343-2776.

BRAVO! performances take place on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7 pm.


If there are any questions about the 2018 BRAVO! competition, please email or call 269-343-2776.