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Eunice Hoffmeister Competition

The competition was founded by Shoals Symphony violinist, the late George Hoffmeister, a local resident and devoted long-time supporter of the symphony. Established to honor his wife, the Eunice Hoffmeister Competition is now in its fifteenth year. Drawing students from much of the southeast region, it has become one of the area’s most competitive events for young musicians.

Its Goals

The goals of the Eunice Hoffmeister Young Artists Competition are threefold:

  • to afford young musicians the opportunity to be judged by artists of recognized standing.
  • to advance a high standard of performance among young musicians.
  • to reward excellence in performance with an opportunity to perform and be recognized in public


The Eunice Hoffmeister Young Artists Competition is open to seventh through twelfth grade students who reside in Alabama or an adjoining state including Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, or Florida. Applications, including a completed application form, a registration fee of $30 and a non-returnable audition tape or cd(recording not required of previous participants) must be submitted to the event chairman postmarked no later than January 5, 2014. Applicants who will be invited to compete will receive such notification after application materials have been received and evaluated


Please note. The competition format has changed. The competition has made a transition from its former emphasis on concerto literature. Judges now hear both solo and concerto literature and all performers will be judged as a single category(see prize format herein). Those choosing to perform concerto literature should note that the opportunity to perform with the orchestra is not, for the indefinite future, a part of the awards. Literature should be selected from four generally recognized style periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern(20th century to present) excluding unpublished works. The event chairman reserves the right to disallow the use of literature that is deemed insufficient or inappropriate for the competition. Memorization is considered a significant judging criterion. Performers should decide, with their teachers, if and how performance literature will be abridged to accommodate a performance time allowance not to exceed eight minutes. This information must be provided to the judges at performance time.


It is the responsibility of the performer to arrange an accompanist’s service. One may be provided by the contest organization in some cases. The need for an accompanist must be expressed no later than the application deadline.


The competition will be held at the music building of the University of North Alabama (date TBD) beginning at 10:00 a.m. Finalists will perform in a public recital in the afternoon, at which time winners will be announced and awarded. Competitors for the contest will be notified of their performance times upon acceptance. Possible scheduling conflicts must be noted on the application form. Maps and lists of local lodging accommodations will be mailed to participants.


Grand Prize Medallist - $600.00
Second Prize - $300.00
Third Prize - $200.00
Young artist of exceptional promise - $100.00
*(recital performance required)


should be mailed to:

Viljar Weimann, Event Chairman
One Harrison Plaza P.O. Box 5040
Florence, AL 35630
Ph. 256-765-4708 or with HoffmeisterYAC in subject for questions/ concerns.