Concerto Competitions

University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition

The USO Concerto Competition will be held on Thursday, October 28th, 2021. Registration begins at 8:00am on Wednesday, September 29th using online form at z.umn.edu/usoconcertocompetition.

2021-22 USO Concerto Competition Guidelines

Bands Concerto Competition

The Bands Concerto Competition will be held on Wednesday, November 17th, 2021. Registration begins at 8:00am on Wednesday, October 6th using online form at z.umn.edu/BandsConcertoCompetition.

2021-22 Bands Concerto Competition Guidelines

University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Past Winners

2019-2020

  • Seongkyeong Kim, piano
    Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1

2018-2019

  • Michael Min, piano
    Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1

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

2019-2020

  • Russell Sweet, saxophone
    Maslanka: Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble

2018-2019

  • Ariel Detwiler, bassoon
    Ewazen: Concerto for Bassoon and Wind Ensemble
  • Sofia Mycyk, piano
    McPhee: Concerto for Piano and Wind Octet

2017-2018

  • Judy Gaunt, trumpet
    Stephenson: The Storyteller
  • Emily Green, horn
    Hermann: Concerto for Horn