music challenge are you up for the competition
The Village of Great Neck Plaza, in collaboration with the Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District, is excited to announce plans for our Inaugural Great Neck Plaza
Music Challenge, which will be held on Tuesday evening, June 18, 2024 in the beautiful Firefighters Park, located in the heart of downtown Great Neck Plaza, our Music Challenge will be an adjudicated competition with monetary prizes in each category of competition. The four musical categories of competition will be:

  • A Cappella (minimum of 8 members, maximum of 15 members)
  • Rock Band
  • Chamber Music Ensemble
  • Musical Theatre (solo performance)

Submitted applications and performance videos will be reviewed by professional musicians in each of the four categories. Based on this review, the entries deemed the best in each category will be invited to participate in the competition to be held in June.

  • There is no entry fee.
  • Competition Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2024 (rain date: Thursday, June 20, 2024).
  • Time: 6:30PM – 10:30PM
  • All entrants must be in grades 9-12, no exceptions.
  • Entry is by application and video. The application video submitted should contain no more than two selections, total time for the two selections to be no more than 12 minutes. Total performance time at the competition will be limited to 12 minutes maximum per performer. If selected for the competition, the two selections submitted on the application video must be part of the competition performance.
  • Applications are due no later than April 26, 2024.
  • Performers selected for the competition will be notified no later than May 10, 2024.\
  • All members of a performance group must be present for sound checks and performance
    the evening of the competition.
  • Winners will be announced the evening of the competition.


In consideration of the time required for rock bands to set up and then take down equipment at the end of their performance, all rock band entrants must agree to use the professional drum set and audio sound system provided. Selected groups can choose to use the musical instrument amplification provided or bring their own amplifiers. Special drum component requests will be accommodated.
Please note, we will not be able to provide a piano. There will be amplification and sound equipment available if a chamber music ensemble is supplying their own portable electric or digital keyboard. Please indicate requirements with your application.
Prize Levels
For all categories:

The grand winner in each category: $350 per group or individual performer
All other entrants in each category: $200 per group or individual performer


At the Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District:
Ron Edelson or Maria Coscia-Montanez
Ron’s email:
Maria’s email:

At the Village of Great Neck Plaza:
Shannon Downey, Mayor’s Assistant