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The Overture Awards

The Overture Awards is a program that recognizes, encourages and rewards excellence in the arts among Greater Cincinnati 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 Competition is the area’s largest solo arts competition and offers awards in six artistic disciplines: creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theatre, visual art, and vocal music. For the 2019 competition, students may win $4,000 (one awarded in each discipline) or $1000 finalist award. Judges at all levels of the competition are drawn from the professional arts community.

If you have questions, contact us at (513) 977-4119 or [email protected]

2020 Overture Awards Competition Dates

Application Deadline: Monday, November 11, 2019

Regional Competition: Saturday, January 25, 2020

Semi-Final Competition: February 6, 7, & 8, 2020

Final Competition & Award Ceremony: Saturday, March 7, 2020

Coordinator Packet 2020.pdf

2020 Overture flyer.pdf


Congratulations to the 2019 winners!

Finalists list 2019.pdf

Photos from the competition and awards ceremony are available for purchase from Philip Groshong Photography, www.philipgroshongphotography.com (click on shop then the Overture Awards)

Past Winners and Finalists