Jack Weaver Memorial Competition

For Violin, Viola & Cello

National Philharmonic is thrilled to host a competition for violin, viola, and cello students throughout the DC Metro Region in memory of Jack Weaver. String students in grades 9-12 are invited to participate by submitting videos of themselves performing three compositions of contrasting style representing at least two different periods of literature. One piece must be composed by a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) or woman composer.

Videos must be recorded after January 1, 2022. Submissions will be accepted through May 1, 2022. Cost per entry is $60.

Submission Guidelines

String students in the Maryland/Virginia/Washington D.C. area are encouraged to participate. (See location requirements below.) Students must be in grades 9-12. If two teachers share a student, the primary teacher must teach at least 75% of the time.

Student’s primary residence must be in one of the following:

Washington DC

Montgomery County
Carroll County
Howard County
Baltimore County
Frederick County
Baltimore City
Anne Arundel County
Fairfax County
Arlington County
Loudoun County
City of Alexandria
City of Falls Church


Students must submit recordings of three compositions of contrasting style, representing at least two different periods of literature. All three pieces should be performed from memory, however students will be allowed to submit up to one movement of a sonata that is played with music. All unaccompanied solo works must be memorized regardless of title, period or genre. One piece must be composed by a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) or woman composer. The work by the BIPOC/woman composer may be from the same style period as one of the other two pieces.

For example, a submission that has a work by Tchaikovsky, Bruch and BIPOC/woman composer would not be accepted because the Bruch and Tchaikovsky are from the same style period. However, Mozart, Bach and a Joseph Bologne concerto would be accepted because the Mozart and Bach are different style periods.


Each piece may be recorded independently. Videos must use one stationary camera. No cuts or edits allowed. If a piece has a piano accompaniment, it must be performed with accompaniment. Total length of submissions should be at least 12 minutes, but less than 20 minutes. Videos must have been recorded after January 1, 2022.


There will be a first, second, and third prize awarded for each instrument.

First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $300
Third Prize: $200
Honorable Mention: $75

All winners will have at least one of their videos posted on National Philharmonic social media channels and on the National Philharmonic website.

NOTE: All prizes may not be awarded. The decision of the National Philharmonic judges is final.

Submissions will be accepted via the Accptd platform.

This competition is funded by the Violin House of Weaver in Bethesda Maryland.

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