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High School Competition for Strings

in memory of Gustave E. Johansen, Jr.

The 2021 competition has passed. Congratulations to the winners and participants!

Application Deadline

Dates for the 2022 competition will be posted here in August 2022. This competition traditionally takes place in mid-November.

Competition Details

Our 2021 competition will be virtual, both due to the pandemic and the success of last year’s virtual competition. We are asking all participants to submit a video to serve as their entry to be judged. Participants must apply by November 6 at 11:59pm and then email their video to Jeongseon Choi, Strings Competition Chair, at Please see below for all video requirements.

Winners will be announced no later than November 20, 2021.


A $35 non-refundable application fee is required by the deadline. Apply online using a credit card.


Students currently enrolled in Grades 9 – 12 who play violin, viola, cello, or bass within a 50-mile radius of the DC metropolitan area.


The winners have opportunities to perform in the FMMC Student Recitals throughout the season at various venues and receive a membership for the full 2021-22 Season.


Choose three works, each from a different period:


Video Requirements


Jeongseon Choi, Strings Competition Chair

2021 Winners