Young, emerging artists have a special relationship with Houston Tuesday Musical Club.  For over twenty-five years, we have held the Ruth Burr Competition to encourage the artistry and careers of young adults between the ages of 18 and 29. Spring 2018 will be the Ruth Burr Vocal Competition. A similar competition for piano and instrumental contestants is held alternately.

The competition will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts/Houston in the Brown Auditorium. Applications will be accepted beginning February 28, 2018 until the March 30, 2018 deadline. For details, please download the Qualifications and Applications forms. You may contact Susan Fischman, Competition Chairman, for further information at

The awards are First Prize, $2,000.00, Second Prize, $1,200.00 and Third Prize, $800.00. Three judges, one from the club and two from the wider community award these prizes. Winners of the competition perform at the Spring Luncheon held at The Junior League of Houston, at which time, they will receive their awards and certificates.

In 2015, our vocal competition winners were Christian Sanders, tenor, Katrina Van Maanen, coloratura soprano, and Erik Larson, baritone.

And now about Miss Ruth Burr. Ruth Burr was a longtime member of the club and lived a life completely devoted to the study and teaching of piano. Several generations of pianists and teachers have been inspired by her skill as an educator and as an artist. The year following her death, the first Ruth Burr Competition was established in her honor

For those who wish to sponsor or donate to one of the prizes, please go to Support.

Meet the winners of the 2017 Ruth Burr Competition for Instrumentalists:

Cindy Qin, harp, First Prize winner, is a student of Paula Page at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
Stephen Perkyns, cello,  Second Prize winner, is a student of Desmond Hoebig at the Shepherd School.
The Third Prize winner, Rubén Rengel, violin, is a student of Paul Kantor, also of the Shepherd School.

The judges were pleased to award an Honorable Mention to Gabriel Maffuz-Anker, violin, who is a student of Kenneth Goldsmith of the Shepherd School. Many thanks to our very accomplished judges, Rodica Gonzales, Patrick Moore and Deborah Moran.

Susan Fischman, Chairman, 2018 Ruth Burr Competition

Cindy Qin, 2017 1st place winner

Stephen Perkyns, 2017 2nd place winner

Rubén Rengel, 2017 3rd place winner

Gabriel Maffuz-Anker, 2017 Honorable Mention