BRAVO! Logo (Schumaker)


The March 26 performance has been postponed, owing to COVID-19. A new date and time will be determined as soon as possible – please watch this page for further information.



March 3, 2020: Let’s have a round of applause for all who auditioned for this year’s showcase! Judges Carol Bullock Russell, Helen Lukan, and Michael Palmer also deserve an ovation for presiding at the 2/29/20 auditions. We are proud to announce the 2020 winners, who will perform on Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Epic Center’s Jolliffe Theatre:

Cassandra Snowball, piano – Khachaturian Toccata

Garrick Hohm, double bass – Bach Suite No. 3, Bourée
Arianna Potluri, voice – Mozart Non so piu cosa son
Sarah Reed, flute – Enesco Cantabile et Presto
Christopher Staufer, cello – Bach Suite No. 3, Allemande and Courante
Miles Lekan, tenor saxophone – Rollins Doxy
Ashley Woytal, voice – Tesori & Besterman Gimme Gimme
Alekzander Waller, piano – Brahms Rhapsody in G minor, Op. 79 No. 2

Announcing the 2020 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, Jazz & Creative Institute, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Public Media Network, WMUK 102.1 FM, and the Stulberg International String Competition.It takes a village… and we are 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.

The best local student musical talent

BRAVO! features the best musical talent of local students through grade 12. Performers are selected by audition, which will take place on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Audition applications are due by Friday, February 21, 2020 – see below for details and links. Audition times will be scheduled once a completed application is received.

The 2020 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 26, 2020 at 7 pm.

Advanced student musicians (through grade 12) from greater Kalamazoo and adjacent counties (Allegan, Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, St. Joseph, Van Buren) may apply. Any style and genre of music is encouraged. Solos and ensembles welcomed. Works must be less than 10 minutes. Those selected must perform the same work as performed at the audition.

Applications due Friday, February 21, 2020.

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)

The application fee should not be a barrier to participation. Please contact us if financial assistance is needed.

Auditions are Saturday, February 29, 2020 – times TBD (application required).

Auditions will be held at Crescendo Academy of Music in the Epic Center on Saturday, February 29, 2020 – times TBD. 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 26, 2020 at 7 pm in the Epic Center’s Jolliffe Theatre – admission free!


If there are any questions about the 2020 BRAVO! competition, please email or call 269-343-2776.