Applications for contestants must be sent care of the St. Cecilia Society beginning November 1, 2016 and must be received by the BRYD committee not later than January 4, 2017. Contestants accepted into the competition will be notified the first week of February.

A two page online application is available. If your computer cannot open this file, you may download Adobe Reader for free. To request forms, or to submit forms, please use this address:

W.C. Byrd Competition Contact person:
Flint Institute of Music Mrs. Carol Hinterman, Chair
1025 E. Kearsley Street Home: 810-793-0538
Flint, MI 48503 Cell: 810-964-9399 Email:

Contestants are selected on the basis of their recordings. Résumés may be verified. Contestants will be judged on musicianship, technique and overall stature as a potential performing artist with a symphony orchestra. Complete works must be prepared and memorized. It is recommended that contestants provide their own accompanists. If this is not possible, the Competition will supply one for a fee of $200.00. This entitles the contestant to an hour rehearsal before the performance. The score for the accompanist must be sent with the application. Securing use of an official accompanist cannot be guaranteed after February 4 for the year of the competition. One purchased copy of the score that has no personal notes or markings on it must be available for the judges' use on the day of the competition.