Sounds Like KPAC: Young Talent Competition

 NOTE: Watch this space for details about the next SOUNDS LIKE KPAC 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 finalists to share their work at a public event on February 8, 2015 on the campus of Northwest Vista College. 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 three basic categories in the SOUNDS LIKE KPAC competition. Two are performance-based, and one focuses on visual arts.

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 Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” 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 you to create a visual work inspired by the music and sounds you hear on KPAC 88.3 FM. Is it a painting? A video? A sculpture? It's up to you. 

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. (Each prize in the Ensemble category will be divided evenly among the performers.)

The competition, funded by the Flohr Foundation and Dr. Lindsay Irvin of Alamo Heights Pediatrics, will be judged by members of the Texas Public Radio staff, as well as panel of judges (listed below).

The competition is open to area junior high and high school age students between the ages of 13-19. Musicians will upload performances to social media sites Soundcloud and YouTube, and share submissions with us by emailing links to The deadline to enter is January 16. Entry form (PDF) may be found at the bottom of this page. You will be notified by email if chosen to perform at the final round of the competition. Visual Artists will submit entries by sending a representation of your creation through email, either a photo or link to video clips. NOTE (1/8/15): We've heard from a few people who are having trouble with the 'official' email address. Alternatively, you may send entries to

Judges include:

  • Mindy Ratner, KPAC on-air host
  • Alanna Sarabia, KABB/WOAI-TV
  • Matt Evans, Executive Director of Hill Country Youth Orchestra

Theres a lot of great talent in South Texas, and we want to hear from you!

Download the official rules and prize information below.

Thanks to Texas Lutheran University and Codeup for sponsoring this initiative.