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, theatre, visual art, and vocal music. For the 2015 competition, students may win a $4,000 scholarship (one awarded in each discipline) or a $1000 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)

Please read the links under "Registering for the Oveture Awards" and the "Criteria" before submitting applications.

Registering for the Overture Awards

The deadline for the 2015 Overture Awards is November 10, 2014

Criteria, Visual Art Cover Sheet, & the Judging Process

The Competitors


Regional Competition

Saturday, January 10, 2015

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

Semi-Final Competition

January 16 & 17, 2015
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, February 28, 2015, 1:00 PM

Tickets $15
On-sale Friday, January 30, 2015, 10 AM

Note: Finalists will have a dress rehearsal earlier in the week


Redeeming Your Scholarship

Congratulations on winning an Overture Awards Scholarship!