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The Overture Awards

The 2021 Overture Awards Competition will continue as an online competition
for Regionals and Semi-Finals.
Applications for the Overture Awards are now open. Please click below to submit.

Regional Submission Deadline: January 7, 2021, at 11:59pm.

Students notified if moving to Semi-Finals: January 26, 2021

Students notified if moving to Finals: February 18, 2021

Overture Awards recipients will be announced on March 16, 2021.

The Overture Finals judging will take place virtually.  Please watch for a more detailed announcement in mid-February. CAA believes nothing can replace the arts community built through 'live' interaction or competing on a professional stage. However, the safety of the competitors, adjudicators, and CAA staff must remain our priority at this time. 

The Overture Awards is a program that recognizes 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.

If you have questions, contact us at (513) 977-4116 or [email protected]

Past Winners and Finalists