CSPA Youth Artist String Competition

Welcome to 2021 CSPA Youth Artist String Competition!

The Community School for the Performing Arts announces their first CSPA Young Artist String Competition for pre-college students (Age 5-18). The competition seeks to develop the performance capabilities of young string students, renew their commitment to string studies, and provide an important learning and development experience through the joy of performing. This is the first year of the competition, which provides awards as well as a final performance.

Competition Date - Saturday, December 11, 2021

Deadline to register: December 8, 2021 

All participants must register and apply online. 

Complete the registration form here.

Once we have received your registration form you will be emailed a link to choose your performance time. 

Please reach our to our marketing manager Michele Ward  (785-537-4420 or marketing@manhattanarts.org) or String Division Chair Dr. Mandy Wang (cspastrings@manhattanarts.org) for assistance if you need help with online registration.


All students (Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass) in age 5-18.

Participants will be grouped according to their age on the date of the competition: 

  • Elementary (approx. any age up to 9). 
  • Intermediate (approx. age 10-15)
  • Senior (approx. age 16-18)


First Place Honor 

Second Place Honor

Third Place Honor

Honorable Mention

Participants who achieve First, Second, Third place or Honorable mention score at the auditions are eligible to participate in the 2021 CSPA Final Competition Concert on December 11, 2021.


One solo composition, not to exceed a total of 10 minutes playing time. Individual movements or sets of movements from a larger work may be used. It is preferred that repertoire be performed from memory, but not required. Contestants must perform with Piano Accompaniment.

Additional Rules

  • Total playing time is 10 minutes.  There is no minimum time requirement.  Contestants will be stopped after ten minutes playing time.
  • Results of the competition will be announced to the contestants shortly after the competition ends. Winners who are unable to be present at the conclusion of the competition will be phoned and an email will be distributed to all contestants as soon as possible after the conclusion of the competition.
  • Each contestant will receive the judge’s written comments and evaluation at the conclusion of the competition.  
  • Contestants are urged to provide their own accompanists, but we will furnish an accompanist for a fee. Accompanist fee covers a 15-minute scheduled rehearsal and performance time(s). Additional requests and fees are at the discretion of the accompanist. (Piano Accompanist: Dr. SongHwa Chae)
  • The judge’s decision will be final.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, December 11, 2021

9:00 AM
String competitors arrive, register in the entrance of the Kirmser Hall in McCain. Practice rooms are available in McCain.

10:00 AM – Noon
Competition will take place in the Kirmser Hall.

youth artist string competition

Register Here for the Youth Artist String Competition registration form. 

(See further details on this page.)