February 24, 2024 (Morning)

**2024 Competition Results**


Due Date: February 18, 2024
  • Performers must complete the application and submit the registration fee in order to perform.
    • Click the “Register” button above for the application
    • Pay $25 Registration Fee Here: Submit Fee
  • Performers must be Arizona residents.
  • Performers must be in grades seven through twelve.
  • Early submission is advised. It is possible that all available slots for performers will be filled before the end of the application submission period. Any additional performers who apply within the submission period for whom there is no slot will be placed on a waiting list. If no slot becomes available, the performer will be informed and entry fee returned.
  • No refunds will be given in the event of performer withdrawal.

Date & Time:

  • The Competition will be held on Saturday, February 24 between 9am and 1pm.
    • We ask families to please reserve the entire duration of the competition until performers receive their exact timeslot.
    • The competition may begin earlier or later depending on the number of performers.
  • Performers will be notified of their exact timeslot by February 16, 2024.
  • Performers will be assigned an arrival time that is roughly 15 minutes before their scheduled warm-up time.


  • Divisions are determined by grade level.
    • Performers may only perform during their division.
    • Each division has different requirements regarding the number of pieces to perform and the amount of time in which they perform.
    • Division II has a longer warm-up duration than Divisions I.
Division Number of Pieces Warm-Up Duration Performance Duration
I (Grades 7, 8, 9) 1 or 2 10 minutes 10 minutes
II (Grades 10, 11, 12) 1 or 2 15 minutes 15 minutes



  • The competition will be held at Arizona Musicfest: 7950 E Thompson Peak Pkwy. Scottsdale, AZ 85255. (Map)
  • Performers must provide their own instrument.


  • Music must be standard literature chosen from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern, or Contemporary periods.
    • Arizona Musicfest does not provide a list of required or recommended repertoire.
    • Simplified versions & transcriptions are not accepted.
    • Multiple movements from a work may be entered as one selection, so long as the total program does not exceed the allotted time for the respective division (see above).
  • Memorization is not required.
  • Accompanied pieces must be performed with an accompanist.
    • Performers are responsible for arranging their own accompanist. If assistance finding an accompanist is needed, please email competition@azmusicfest.org.
  • Performers must provide three total copies of their score(s): a published version and two photocopies.
    • Scores should not have markings that would indicate the performer or teacher’s identities.
    • Score(s) must have measures numbered and cuts marked (if any) so the judges can use them as a reference during the performance.
    • If your music is in the public domain, the score should be clearly marked “Public Domain” or a cover sheet indicating that should be included.
    • Scores will be checked at the Welcome Table for the above requirements and will be returned directly after the performance.


  • Standout performers from each Division may be awarded cash prizes in the amounts detailed below.
  • Awarded performers may be invited to perform in the Young Musicians Concert Series in the MIM Music Theater.
  • Awarded performers may receive additional performance opportunities as they are announced.
Division First Prize Second Prize Third Prize
I (Grades 7, 8 & 9) $350 $200 $100
II (Grades 10, 11 & 12) $450 $350 $200


  • Judges: TBA
  • Judges will stop performers if their performance exceeds the competition time limits. There is no penalty if a performer needs to be stopped for this reason.
  • Prizes are awarded at the end of each division to performers who display the highest level of artistic excellence.
  • Judges may elect to award ‘Excellent’ and ‘Superior’ ratings to students demonstrating high levels of artistry in their performances. Ratings will only be awarded with unanimous recommendation from the committee.
  • Judges have the option to withhold prizes; their decisions are final.
  • All students will receive judges’ comments within a week of the adjudication date.

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Questions? Email competition@azmusicfest.org

Adjudication Panel

Dr. Sabrina Hu

Dr. Sabrina Hu

Dr. Sabrina Hu enjoys a versatile career as a performer, educator, and director. She has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City, the National Concert Hall in Ireland, and recitals throughout major halls in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Sabrina’s performances have been broadcast live on BBC, RTE and RTHK television and radio, and they have been described as “warm, sensitively balanced and flexible” with “emotional engagement…expressive depth” by the Irish Times. Sabrina is also an avid chamber musician. She is a founding member of Trio Festivale, has toured internationally, and commissioned many new works for flute, cello, and piano. She is a member of the Phoenix-based Woodwind Quintet, Mill Avenue Chamber Players.

Sabrina currently teaches at Phoenix College in Arizona and is the Artistic Director for the Walled City Music Festival in Derry, N. Ireland. Sabrina has performed in several orchestras, including the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Wexford Opera Orchestra, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and the Phoenix Symphony.

Josh Gottry

Josh Gottry

Josh Gottry works extensively around the Phoenix metropolitan area as a pre-collegiate and university level educator at institutions that have included Arizona State University, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Chandler Preparatory Academy, Gilbert Public Schools, and Grand Canyon University. He has taught courses in percussion, music theory and composition, music business, and music humanities, directed jazz ensembles, drumlines, and percussion ensembles, assisted with marching and concert ensembles, adjudicated regional and all-state auditions and solo and ensemble festivals, and worked with private percussion students at all grade levels as a clinician and within his private lesson studio. He is an award-winning composer with over 100 published works, and his compositions have been performed at the Midwest Clinic, Music for All National Festival, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and on many college and university, high school, and middle school campuses. He has presented clinics in the fields of music business, music technology, and percussion at multiple state and university percussion festivals, the Arizona Music Educators Association Conference, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He is the author of Freelance: 10 Commonsense Keys to Making YOUR Music YOUR Business.

John Davenport

John Davenport

John Davenport received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a Master’s Degree in
Instrumental Conducting, both from Northern Arizona University. He also holds a Bachelor of
Science Degree in Information Technology from DeVry University.
As an educator for the past twenty-five years, Mr. Davenport has been a Director of Bands and a
Guitar Instructor for public school districts in Flagstaff, North Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert, Fairfax
County, Virginia and Queen Creek, Arizona. His ensembles have received superior ratings
performing at festivals in Phoenix, Southern California, Orlando, Atlanta, Williamsburg,
Nashville, New York City, Vancouver and in Europe.
Mr. Davenport has been an adjunct faculty member with Scottsdale Community College,
Phoenix College, Mesa Community College and Ottawa University, as well as a
conductor/clinician with the Scottsdale Summer Music Camp, the Curry Summer Music Camp at
Northern Arizona University and with the Mesa Community College Summer Music Camp.
Mr. Davenport also served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Arizona Marching Band
Association’s (AzMBA) Board of Directors for seven years.
Mr. Davenport is currently serving as the Director of Instrumental Studies at Mesa Community
College. His responsibilities include the overseeing of the band, jazz and orchestra programs, and
the direction of the Concert Band and Community Band. He enjoys working as a guest conductor
and clinician with various honor bands and instrumental programs and continues to perform as a
freelance musician on bass guitar and trombone.