The Overture Awards

The Overture Awards is a program that recognizes, encourages and rewards excellence in the arts among Tri-state students in grades 9-12. Its mission is to encourage arts education as an integral part of a student’s academic experience and to create an environment that encourages training in, and appreciation of, the arts. The Overture Awards Scholarship Competition is the area’s largest solo arts competition and offers scholarships in six artistic disciplines: creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theater, visual art, and vocal music. Students may win a $3,500 scholarship (one awarded in each discipline) or a $750 finalist scholarship (a total of 18 awarded). Judges at all levels of the competition are drawn from the professional arts community.

Congratulations to the 2014 Winners (click here for list)

Timeline for 2014 Competition

Registering for the Overture Awards

The deadline for the 2014 Overture Awards was November 12, 2013

Criteria, Visual Art Cover Sheet, & the Judging Process

The Competitors


Regional Competition

January 11, 2014

The Regional Competition occurs at various sites across the Tri-state.

Semi-Final Competition

January 17 & 18, 2014
Aronoff Center for the Arts

The Semi-Finals in Dance, Instrumental Music, Theater, and Vocal Music are open auditions (with limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis). Creative Writing and Visual Art judging will not be open to the public.

Final Competition & Awards Ceremony

Aronoff Center, Jarson-Kaplan Theater
Saturday, March 1, 2014, 1:00 PM

Tickets $15
On-sale Friday, January 31, 2014, 10 AM (click here to purchase tickets)

Note: Finalists will have a dress rehearsal on Thursday, February 27, 2014

List of Finalists


Redeeming Your Scholarship

Congratulations on winning an Overture Awards Scholarship!