Performances & Competitions

NBS Performances

Students at the Nelly Berman School of Music are encouraged to perform publicly to display their progress and abilities to the public. Public performance can be a transformative experience for students where they can bring their daily work to life for a live audience.

NBS offers performance classes weekly throughout the year on Saturdays. These informal performances in the NBS recital room are meant to encourage students to have a goal of practicing with more focus and diligence while they are learning a piece.

In addition to the weekly Saturday performances, we welcome our students to participate in our ‘Rising Stars’ concerts, occurring twice annually – in December and June. These concerts take place in a large 200-seat auditorium at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Bryn Mawr. We encourage our students to participate in two performance classes in preparation for these concerts in a more formal setting on the big stage.


Many of our students choose to enter music competitions at local, regional, national, and international levels. Competitions push students to strive for the highest level of achievement they are capable of. Many competitions offer the ability to perform for highly acclaimed judges and live audiences in addition to awards for top competitors such as scholarships, cash prizes, and entry into more prestigious competitions. Below you will find a list of, and links to, many competitions which NBS students have had recent success at. Please do not hesitate to contact the office for more information on how to participate in one of these great events.

Crescendo International Competitions

Global Music Partnership

International e-piano Competition

Kaufman Music Center 2019 International Youth Piano Competition

The Princeton Festival

Tri-County Concerts Association Annual Youth Festival

Triumph Music Festival

West Chester Pre-Collegiate Piano Competition