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Concerto Competitions

University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition

The competition will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 10:30 am to 3:40 pm. The winner(s) will perform with the University Symphony Orchestra (USO) on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm. The competition is open to all full-time graduate and undergraduate music majors who have the approval of their applied teacher. Full-time status must be maintained for both Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters. USO Concerto Competition winners from 2017-18 may not compete. Applications will be accepted starting at 8:00 am on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

2018-19 USO Concerto Competition Guidelines

Apply for the USO Concert Competition online

Bands Concerto Competition

The Bands Concerto Competition will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm in Ultan Recital Hall. Two winners will be selected; one will perform with the Symphonic Band on Thursday, February 14, 2019 in TMCH, the second will perform with the Wind Ensemble on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 in TMCH. Application window opens at 8:00 am on Monday, October 1, 2018.

The Bands Concerto Competition is open to all full-time graduate and undergraduate music majors who have the approval of their applied teacher. Full-time status must be maintained for both Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters. 

2018-19 Bands Concerto Competition Guidelines 

Apply for the Bands Concerto Competition online

University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Past Winners

2017-2018

Fanya Lin, piano
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Wayne Ching, piano
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 "Emperor"

2016-2017

Hannah Hickman, saxophone
Boutry: Divertimento for Alto Saxophone and String Orchestra

Katrina Clements, clarinet
Copland: Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra

2015-2016

Gabriel Quenneville-Bélair, piano
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1

2014-2015

Pei-Lei Lin, piano
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16

Christine Killian, soprano
Dvorak: “Song to the Moon” from Rusalka

2013-2014

Rosalind Leavell, cello
Elgar: Concerto for Violoncello

2012-2013

Jing Chang, piano
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major

2011-2012

Jessica Jasper, viola
Britten: Lachrymae

Laura Hynes, soprano
Bernstein: “Glitter and Be Gay” from Candide

2010-2011

Preston Duncan, saxophone
Ibert: Concertino da Camera

2009-2010

Eric Neseth, marimba
Creston: Concertino for Marimba and Orchestra

John Hammarback, oboe
Mozart: Oboe Concerto

2008-2009

Natalia Moiseeva, violin; Nick Donatelle, violoncello; Ivan Koven, piano
Beethoven: Concerto for Piano, Violin, Violoncello, and Orchestra

2007-2008

Denis Evstuhin, piano
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2, op. 19

2006-2007

Soojung Hong, piano
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1

Bands Concerto Competition Past Winners

2017-2018

Judy Gaunt, trumpet
Stephenson: The Storyteller

Emily Green, horn
Hermann: Concerto for Horn