The largest music competition in Illinois – the Granquist Music Competition – will hold its
50th Annual Competition on Saturday June 27, 2020
as part of the Swedish Days Festival supported by Northwestern Medicine and hosted by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce. The competition takes place at Geneva Community High School at 416 McKinley Avenue in Geneva beginning at 8:00 am.

The Granquist Tradition established in 1970 by Herb Granquist, a dedicated music educator, promotes music performance, competition and education. It is now one of the largest music contests in the State of Illinois, and has a reputation for excellence in judging and performance.

Entry Deadline

Online entry deadline is Friday, May 22, 2020 by the end of the day, or until the contest is full.   All mail-in entries must be postmarked by Monday, May 18, 2020.   Both deadlines will be strictly enforced.

Check-in forms will be emailed no later than June 5, 2020.


Judges are selected from area musicians. All are highly qualified, with degrees in music and music performance.

Judging is based on a point scale with 100 being perfect. There is a possibility of one (1) additional point added for difficulty of music (given at the discretion of the judge). The top three scores in the Olympic and Concert levels are awarded first, second and third place trophies. Recipients of first, second and third place in the Performance Level receive a ribbon designating their achievement. There is an opportunity for contestants who exceed the performing level of their class to receive an outstanding trophy (given at the discretion of the judge).

For More Information

For general and technical musical questions, including scheduling, call 630-346-2605. For questions via email:


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