Gold Medal:  $5,000

The Gold Medalist also wins orchestra performances and recitals as outlined below.


Silver Medal: $3,000



Bronze Medal: $1,500

The Magnolia Award given by the family of Marilyn Johnson King.


Honorable Mention: $1000



Special Awards (2-4): $500

Given by Mrs Pearla T Despot,, and additional Special Awards are provided by the Glenda Lee Harrison Fund and the Marilyn Willis Fund, both of The Community Foundation.

Gold Medalist Engagements

The Wideman Competition has long believed its mission is to help contestants -- particularly its Medalists -- to prepare themselves for future competitions.  To that end, in addition to the cash prize, The Gold Medalist will be awarded orchestral engagements with the: 

  • Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

  • Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra

at least one chamber music engagement with the:

  • Noel Foundation, Inc. Chamber Music Series, Shreveport, Louisiana

and recital opportunities with the: 

  • Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, Chicago, Illinois

  • Emmett Hook Center Texas Street Artist Recital Series, Shreveport, Louisiana

and other opportunities such as the following which have been awarded in the past

  • South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra 

  • Downtown Piano Works Fine Arts Series, Frederick, Maryland