JoAnne Kyhl Memorial Performance Competition


Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at DU for the semester in which the competition occurs.
  • Be an initiated member of the SAI Sigma Upsilon chapter and in good financial standing.
  • Not have won the competition in the immediate prior year.

Entry Form

The entry period for the 2019 competition is closed.

Competition Details

  • Total performance time per applicant must not exceed ten minutes.
  • Contrasting movements or pieces are preferred, but not required. Please showcase multiple aspects of musicality.
  • Memorization is encouraged.
  • Please bring three clean copies of your music for the judges; failure to do so will result in disqualification.
  • Participants must bring their own accompanist if needed.
  • The competition will be open to the public and may be recorded.

Competition Winner

  • The winner will be announced immediately following performances and will be presented with certificate and check.
  • The winner will perform at a designated Denver Alumnae Chapter meeting, to be determined by the chapter.
  • The competition winner is encouraged to use prize funds for furthering her education and/or professional development in music.

About the Kyhl Competition

The JoAnne Kyhl Memorial Performance Competition is open to active members, in good standing, of the Sigma Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver.

This long-running competition was renamed in 2018 to honor Denver Alumnae member JoAnne Kyhl, who passed away in 2017. Kyhl was a violist and conductor, as well as composer of many vocal and instrumental pieces. An Iowa native, Kyhl earned her PhD in composition from the University of Minnesota and spent time studying in Europe.

Professionally, Kyhl held multiple college faculty positions and performed in multiple instrumental and choral ensembles. Her compositions were publicly performed on numerous occasions. In 2011, Kyhl was admitted to the SAI Composers’ Bureau.

Kyhl was initiated into the Beta Xi chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, located at University of Texas, Austin. She affiliated with Denver Alumnae in 1973, beginning an illustrious career of service that left a lasting impact on both alumnae and collegiate chapters alike. Along with serving in multiple officer roles for the chapter, she served on this competition’s committe, as an advisor to the Eta Kappa chapter of SAI, and for nearly 25 years co-chaired an annual Panhellenic Musicale, hosted by Denver Alumnae.

Kyhl’s commitment to SAI, to women musicians, and to women students of music has left a lasting impact that Denver Alumnae is honored to carry on.