• The Stulberg Competition is open to students of violin, viola, cello or double bass.
  • Applicants must be age 19 or under as of January 1, 2021.  Proof of date of birth will be required if selected as a semifinalist.
  • Current students of the 2021 Judges are not eligible to apply.  2021 Judges will be Mitchell Newman, Cynthia Phelps, Sara Sant’Ambrogio.


  • Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges who will select twelve semifinalists and four alternates.
  • Applicants will be notified of results no later than March 15, 2021.
  • Twelve semifinalists will compete in person on Saturday, May 22, 2021, in Dalton Center Recital Hall on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan before a panel of judges and an audience.
  • Semifinalists will perform a selection from a required list of Bach and a movement(s) from a standard concerto.
  • Six finalists will be chosen to perform in the competition finals on the evening of Saturday, May 22, 2021.


  • Burdick-Thorne Gold Medal: $6,000 award and performance with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra
  • Silver Medal: $5,000 award and performance with the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra
  • Pinehurst Bronze Medal: $4,000 award and performance with the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra
  • Bach Award: $500 for best performance of solo Bach selection
  • Semifinalist Stipend: $1,000 each to the nine semifinalists not chosen for medals.  Must attend evening finals concert to receive stipend check.


  • Deadline for submitting applications is Saturday, February 1, 2021 (11:59 p.m. EST).
  • Application Form, audition video and application fee must be submitted online at https://app.getacceptd.com/stulberg. Paper applications or CDs will not be accepted.
  • Application fee is $130 USD payable via credit card only.
  • Guidelines for uploading audition video:

1) Submit one movement of the same concerto that you will be performing at the semifinals if selected;
2) We recommend that you include just one movement of a concerto. However, we also recognize that some movements are rather short, in which case, you may include two movements;
3) The Bach piece should not be submitted with your application;
4) The repertoire selected must be from standard repertoire with a readily available orchestral accompaniment;
5) The recording must be accompanied by piano or orchestra;
6) Cut lengthy tuttis, both in the introduction and in the body of the movement, if applicable.
7) Do not include your name on the video itself.

Questions? Please email the Stulberg International String Competition at stulbergcomp@yahoo.com or call 269/779-2848. Regular office hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


  • Semifinalists must perform the piece/movement(s) submitted in their application.  No substitutions allowed.
  • Semifinalists must also perform a Bach solo piece from the list below.*
  • Total time on stage is 25 minutes including Bach and tuning.
  • Bach must be performed first.
  • Performances must be from memory.
  • Twelve semifinalists will be chosen. More information will be sent to those selected.
  • Semifinalists are encouraged to arrive on Thursday, May 20, 2021, but must arrive in Kalamazoo no later than 12 Noon EST Friday, May 21, 2021 for his or her scheduled rehearsal with the collaborative pianist.
  • Semifinalists will perform between 9 AM and 4 PM on Saturday, May 22, 2021.
  • Semifinalists are required to perform with the collaborative pianist provided by the Stulberg Competition.
  • Collaborative pianists will contact you to arrange your rehearsal time after assignments have been made by the Stulberg Competition
  • Semifinalists must attend the 4:30 PM ceremony on Saturday, May 22, 2021, following the judges’ deliberation.  Semifinalists must also attend the evening finals concert in order to receive the $1,000 stipend check (these stipends awarded to the nine semifinalists not chosen for medals).
  • Six finalists will be chosen from the twelve semifinalists.


  • Six finalists will perform in recital format at 7:30 PM on Saturday, May 22, 2021.
  • Finalists will perform with the same collaborative pianist as in the Semifinals.
  • Performances must be from memory.
  • Final performances must not exceed 15 minutes. Bach will not be performed during the finals.
  • You must perform a different movement from the same concerto you played in the Semifinals. In the case that you have already performed all movements of a concerto in the Semifinals, you must choose a movement from another concerto to play in the Finals.

*Each semifinalist must perform ONE of the following movements for the daytime semifinals performance.


Sonata No. 1 in g minor: Fugue
Sonata No. 2 in a minor: Grave
Sonata No. 3 in C Major: Adagio
Partita No. 2 in d minor: Sarabande & Gigue (no repeats)
Partita No. 3 in E Major: Loure (no repeats) & Gavotte en Rondeau

Suite No. 2 in d minor: Prelude
Suite No. 3 in C Major: Prelude
Suite No. 4 in E flat Major: Prelude
Suite No. 5 in c minor: Prelude
Suite No. 6 in D Major: Prelude
Suite No. 6 in D Major: Gavotte & Gigue (no repeats)

Suite No. 2 in d minor: Prelude
Suite No. 3 in C Major: Prelude
Suite No. 4 in E flat Major: Prelude
Suite No. 5 in c minor: Prelude
Suite No. 6 in D Major: Prelude
Suite No. 6 in D Major: Gavotte & Gigue (no repeats)

DOUBLE BASS: (Sterling Edition – Transposed Keys)
Suite No. 1 in C Major: Menuetto 1 & 2 and Gigue
Suite No. 3 in G Major: Bourée 1 & 2 and Gigue

The Stulberg International String Competition is an equal-opportunity organization and is committed to equal rights, equal opportunities and equal protection under the law. The competition, all programs and the employment of personnel are conducted without regard to race, creed, gender, marital status, national origin, height, weight, religion, physical disability as protected by law, gender identity or sexual orientation. This policy applies to all aspects of the Stulberg International String Competition’s business, including its use of contractors and consultants, its relationship with outside vendors and customers and in its dealing with the general public.