The Colorado High School Music Competitions returns for 2022! The competition accepted video submissions through February 1, 2022. Seven finalists were selected from the video submissions and have been invited to the final live competition on Friday March 11th at 3:30pm at the King Center Recital Hall on the Auraria Campus. Family, friends, and visitors are welcome to attend this event for free. Please see additional competition details below.
The final competition will take place on March 11th from 3:30-5:00pm in the King Center Recital Hall on the Auraria Campus. This event is free and open to the public.
Performing “Unbroken (Inspired by the story of Louis Zamperini)”
Performing “Beautiful Soul”
Performing “You Lied”
Performing “Better Place”
Performing “OST Omicron Standard Time”
Alana Margolis(performing under Alana Mars) - CU Denver MEIS alum. Alana has performed in the band Sister Neapolitan (at SXSW, the NAMM Showcase, and multiple SoFar Sounds concerts). Her debut single “Hold My Tongue” was recently released in January.
Katie Yeager - Current CU Denver Singer/Songwriter student. Katie is a pop/folk singer-songwriter and describes her music as “if George Harrison and Harry Styles met in a coffee shop on a road trip”. The first two singles from her debut EP, Adeline, are out now!
Finn O'Sullivan - Current CU Denver Singer/Songwriter student. Finn is "committed to creating things that other people can relate to". She released her first EP in 2020. Finn's song “When the Power Comes Back On” won the 2020 John Lennon Songwriting Contest "Song of the Year.". This was an international competition with thousands of entries and judged by music industry stars.
Edwina Maben - CU Denver MEIS alum. Selected by Grammy-winning producer RedOne as a top 5 finalist songwriters in Guitar Center’s 2017 national songwriting contest (of 9,000+ entries). Edwina has performed at The Troubadour, Colorado & Company (9NEWS), The Kennedy Center’s “Arts Across America'' Series, Levitt Pavilion (opened for DeVotchKa), and TEDxMileHigh.
Evan Reeves - CU Denver Singer/Songwriter faculty member. Evan is a songwriter, session musician, and record producer. Evan runs a recording/production/songwriting studio under the umbrella of What Are Records? (An indie record label) and United Interests (artist management).
Who is eligible?
All Colorado high school students
Why does CU Denver host the high school songwriting competition?
To celebrate the musical talent of all the high school musicians in Colorado and to provide a platform for these young artists to demonstrate their music. We hope that this competition will provide inspiration to young, contemporary musicians! The event will also help the CU Denver Music & Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) Department to identify and connect with potential future students.
How to apply?
Just create a music video of yourself or your band playing a song that you wrote. We do require a video and not just an audio file. It is important to our judges to actually see you playing the music. Please note that you don't need a nice video camera to record your video. Even a phone camera should work. We do encourage you to do your best to maximize sound quality but, again, we emphasize that expensive sound equipment isn't needed. The 2022 submission form went live on November 1st.
Once we receive all of the video submissions after February 1st, our judges will review the applicants and choose the finalists. All of the finalists will be invited to perform live at the King Center Recital Hall on the CU Denver campus on March 11th at 3:30pm. Seven finalists were selected.
Just reach out to Dave Walter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-315-7487.
2020-21 Colorado High School Rap/Hip Hop Competition
2020-21 Colorado High School Rock Band Competition
2020-21 Colorado High School Singer/Songwriter Competition
The musicians competed through Zoom on November 13, 2020. Prized included Studio Time at Youth On Record, 8-week programs at Swallow Hill Music, creative coaching from Owen Kortz, and scholarships to the 2021 LYNX Camp Music Industry Program.
A huge thank you to our judges who are some of the top names in the Denver music industry: