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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 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.


2019 Competition Dates:

Deadline: November 12, 2018

Regional Competition: January 26, 2019

Semi-Final Competition: February 7, 8 & 9, 2019

Final Competition & Awards Ceremony: March 9, 2019

Past Winners and Finalists