The deadline for Minnesota Varsity 2015 entires has now passed. Thank you all for your submissions! Stay tuned for announcements regarding posting submissions and the featured round.

About Minnesota Varsity

Minnesota Varsity showcases the top high-school musical talent from Classical Minnesota Public Radio's terrestrial broadcast area.

Music students (aged 14-18) are invited to submit a recording of an instrumental or vocal performance of a classical or musical theater work, for evaluation by a panel of MPR judges. Performances can be solo, or with a group, and can be up to 10 minutes in length. Student composers in the same age group are invited to submit an original score for a piano, clarinet and French horn trio between 3 and 7 minutes in length.

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Ten to fifteen instrumental and vocal entrants will be chosen by the MPR Judges for the Featured Round. Featured Round Artists will be invited to make a professional recording of their performances in MPR’s Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul. These performances will be heard on Classical MPR, on air and online. Up to five Featured Composers will be chosen by an American Composers Forum panel of judges. Featured Composers will be invited to a Workshop Day.

Four of the Featured Round Artists will be selected as Showcase Artists by a panel of judges and one by an online Audience Vote. Two Showcase Composers will be selected by American Composers Forum.

The Showcase Artists will perform — or see the premiere of their compositions — on stage at the Fitzgerald Theater on Sunday, April 19 in a live radio broadcast.

After you've read the Rules and FAQ, let us know if you have further questions by e-mailing us. We look forward to receiving your entry. We can't wait to hear you!

Educational Sponsor Scholarships

Classical MPR is pleased to welcome five Educational Sponsors to present a special scholarship offer to the Minnesota Varsity Featured Round Artists. Luther College, Concordia College, Saint John's University, and College of Saint Benedict will present $4,000 for four years, to each Featured Round musician to attend their school. We're grateful for the commitment these institutions of higher education make to our Minnesota Varsity musicians!

Important Dates

Submissions Open

Submissions Due by 9:00 a.m.

Featured Round Announcement

3/9/2015 - 3/27/2015
Featured Round On-Air

3/23/2015 - 3/29/2015
Online Audience Voting

Celebrity Judges Select Showcase Round Artists

Showcase Round Announcement

4/19/2015 at 5 p.m.
Minnesota Varsity Showcase Event
(Fitzgerald Theater)


Peruse the submissions, featured and showcase artists from Minnesota Varsity's past! 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 are all archived!

More Information

Visit the FAQ and Rules pages for more information. Please send questions or comments to

Submit Your Audio

Ready? Upload by 9 a.m. on 12/5/2014 or postmark your entry by December 5, 2014!

The Minnesota Varsity experience

Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now? spotlights Minnesota Varsity Featured and Showcase Artists from 2011 - 2014! It's been fun catching up with them to ask what they're doing now and what they remember and value most about their Minnesota Varsity experience. We're pleased to share their inspiring stories with you, and we're proud of every student across the state who's entered Minnesota Varsity and shared their music-making with us and with their friends, families, and communities.

For a third year, American Composers Forum (ACF) will be a partner with MPR in the Composition category.

Minnesota Varsity is supported by the generosity of these foundations and individuals:

The Charles H. Clay Family Charitable Trust
Kay and Gerry Erickson
Mary Gale
Margaret H. and James E. Kelley Foundation
Andy Kiorpes and Farrel Rich
Robert Kriel and Linda Krach
Ann Newhall and Rick Schleuss
Stephen Otto
Paul and Mary Reyelts
Robin Ryan and John Zech
Kay Savik and Joe Tashjian
Frank and Laurel Winsor
Irma Wyman

On Now

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    Ulster Orchestra
    Bryden Thomson
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  • Unto us is born; While shepherds; The First Nowell 8:25 Christmas Music
    Choir of King's College, Cambridge
    David Willcocks
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