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Competitions

The Artistic Planning Group of the RIAM is currently exploring new ways in which to deliver this year’s competitions in light of Covid-19 and with the great opportunities technology presents to us in reaching a wider, engaged audience.  

For more information on competitions open to 3rd-level RIAM students, please contact Margaret Chorley at margaretchorley@riam.ie.

2020 Competitions

We are currently taking applications for the following deferred competitions in 2020:

Commemorating the much-loved singer and former Head of Vocal Studies at the RIAM, Irené Sandford, the annual bursary of €2,000 is generously donated by her husband, Billy Reid, in addition to a number of other prizes supported by her family, friends and donors. 

Winner: €2000 Bursary, a perpetual trophy and an engagement in the Rosemary Street Recital Series
Finalists: Prizes of between €500 and €750 presented by Dr Michelle Mulligan, Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz and The John McCormack Society
Most Promising Performer during the Semi-Final Round: €500 Prize in memory of Margaret Quigley
Best Performance of an Art Song sung in English during the Semi-Final Round: €300 Prize presented by Chris McLoughlin
Best performance of an Aria during the Semi-Final Round: The Patricia Eberhart Aria Prize of €300 presented by Ivy and Frank Bannister.
Best Performance of an Art Song sung in Polish: €300 Prize presented by Ewa Sadowska in honour of Jadwiga Mackiewicz.
                    
A copy of Kobbe Opera publications presented by Dr David Flynn to the three top placed performers.

Eligibility: RIAM Tertiary Singing Students including students on the DMus and Professional Mentorship programmes under the age of 32 on Monday, November 2nd, 2020. 
Application deadline: Monday, November 9th, 2020, 5.00 pm.  Please note applicants must upload an unedited video recording of the two own choice songs/arias for the Preliminary Round when completing their online application at www.riam.ie.
Final: Thursday, November 26th at 5.00 pm in the Museum of Literature Ireland
Semi-Final: Wednesday, November 25th in the Museum of Literature Ireland
Preliminary Round: Video Recording submitted by Applicant 

Competitors must perform a programme of 2 songs/arias (up to a maximum of 10 minutes) in the Semi-Final, from which four finalists will be chosen. Finalists will perform a 20 minute programme. 

You can apply using the application form link below. You must have your teacher's approval before making an application. 

Application Form 

2021 Competitions

One of Ireland’s most substantial music awards, the Lucien and Maura Teissier Scholarship is open to all Irish piano students of the Academy and is generously donated annually by Maura Teissier FRIAM.

Prize(s): Up to €10,000
 
Eligibility: RIAM students of Irish nationality, holding an Irish passport.  Previous winners of this scholarship may not enter again, however, in exceptional circumstances a discretionary award may be made to junior students who may subsequently apply for the full scholarship in subsequent years.   

Application Deadline: Friday, November 27th, 5.00 pm

Final: Tuesday, May 4th at 7.00 pm 
Semi-Final: Tuesday, May 4th

Final and Semi-Final Round competitors must perform a recital of 20 minutes and will also be required to interview with the adjudicating panel on the day of the competition. 

You can apply using the application form link below. You must have your teacher's approval before making an application. 

Application Form

An opportunity for all tertiary students to compete for a coveted performance opportunity with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the Maura Dowdall Award of €600 and the Colin Stavely Memorial Award for Strings.  

First Prize: €600 and a solo performance with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Colin Stavely Memorial Award: Medal for the highest placed string player 

Eligibility: RIAM Tertiary Students, including students on the DMus and Professional Mentorship programmes.
Application Deadline: Friday, November 27th, 5.00 pm
Final: Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 at 7.00 pm.  A performance of the complete Concerto/Work for Solo Instrument/Voice.
Preliminary Round: Video Recording submitted by Applicant of one movement of the Concerto/Work for Solo Instrument/Voice to be submitted by Friday, November 27th, 5.00 pm.

All finalists must perform with piano accompaniment and applicants must provide their own accompanist.  

You can apply using the application form link below. You must have your teacher's approval before making an application. 

Application Form

First Prize: €5,000, a solo performance with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and an engagement with the Music in Monkstown Festival 
Second Prize: €3000
Third Prize: €1500
Fourth Prize: €1250

Eligibility: RIAM nominates 4 instrumental students annually to participate in the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year Competition. 
Application deadline: Video Recording submitted by Applicant of not more than 15 minutes duration by Saturday, May 1st 2021, 5.00 pm.

You can apply using the application form link below. You must have your teacher's approval before making an application. 

Application Form

Dublin’s longest established theatre in continuous production, The Gaiety Theatre, has remained a vital and ever changing expression of Irish culture and Irish society for almost 150 years.  Each year two students of the Royal Irish Academy of Music are each awarded a bursary of €2,500 by this bastion of Irish theatrical life.  One bursary is awarded to a singer and one to an instrumentalist [including non-Irish pianists but excluding Irish pianists].

Bursary: €2,500

Eligibility: Open to singing and instrumental (including non-Irish pianists but excluding Irish pianists)

  • Diploma in Music Teaching & Performance
  • Bachelor in Music Performance
  • Bachelor in Music Composition
  • Master in Music Performance

Application Deadline: Saturday, May 1st 2021, 5.00 pm

Students must also be attending the RIAM during the academic year that follows the awarding of the Gaiety Bursary.

Entries are via teacher nomination, limited to one nomination per teacher. Applications should be sent to deborahkelleher@riam.ie. The application should include:

  • the student's musical curriculum vitae 
  • a copy of the teacher’s recommendation
  • a letter outlining what the student intends using the prize money for

The decision will be made on the basis of the written submission. Students will be required to assist in RIAM activities (concerts/masterclasses etc) in acknowledgement of this bursary.