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Sounds Like KPAC: Young Talent Competition

This winter, to encourage and celebrate the talented young musicians and artists in our listening area Texas Public Radio is hosting a talent competition that will culminate in the opportunity for the winners to share their work at a public event on January 25, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at McAllister Auditorium. The competition, “SOUNDS LIKE KPAC,” offers an opportunity for students to share how radio station KPAC 88.3 FM inspires them to create.

There are four categories in the SOUNDS LIKE KPAC competition. Two are performance-based, one focuses on visual arts, and the fourth features the written word.

For the performance categories, we’re looking for solo and ensemble performances of any music that you like that sounds like it would fit on KPAC 88.3 FM. Whether that’s a Debussy piano work, a trio arrangement of Harry Styles, or music for electric guitar and banjo duet... if you think it’s cool, and it “Sounds Like KPAC,” let’s hear it! Both solo and ensemble performances will be considered in two separate categories.

The third category invites students to create something inspired by the music and sounds you hear on KPAC 88.3 FM. Is it a painting? A video? A sculpture? The field is open. The fourth category, Written Word, could be a poem, narrative story, or essay.

The competition will be judged by members of the Texas Public Radio staff, as well as panel of judges to be determined.

The First Place Winner in each Category will receive a cash prize of $1000.00. The Second Place Winner in each Category will receive a cash prize of $500.00.  The Third Place Winner in each Category will receive a cash prize of $250.00. (Ensemble prize winners will receive $2400, $1200, or $600 with each prize divided evenly among the performers.) 

The annual competition is open to area junior high and high school age students between the ages of 13-19. This year's entry period opens on November 11, 2019.

The official entry form, rules and prize information may be downloaded here or at the bottom of this page. Email entries to

The competition prizes are funded by Dr. Lindsay Irvin of Alamo Heights Pediatrics, The Flohr Family Foundation, the Hart-Sheehy Fund, and Dr. Jatin Patel. Additional prizes courtesy Whataburger and Santikos Entertainment.

Sounds Like KPAC is made possible by generous support from Atlas Floors, the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio College, Antonio Strad Violin, Dellview Music, and Appraisals & Estate Sales by June Hayes.