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Overture Awards Final Competition & Awards Ceremony -- Jack Atherton, emcee

Backstage during the 2015 Overture Awards Final Competition

Zoe Cheng -- 2015 Overture Awards winner, Creative Writing

Isabella Geis, 2015 finalist, warming up backstage

Matthew Repka -- 2015 Overture Awards winner, Instrumental Music

Visual Art finalists' work on display in the Otto M. Budig Lobby

Kalie Kaimann -- 2015 Overture Awards winner, Theater

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 2018 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.


2018 Competition dates

Application Deadline: Monday, November 13, 2017

Regional Competition: Saturday, January 20, 2018

Semi-Final Competition: Friday & Saturday, February 2 & 3, 2018

Final Competition & Awards Ceremony: Saturday, March 3, 2018


Congratulations to the 2017 Overture Award Winners!

Past Winners and Finalists