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Concerto Competitions

University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition

The competition will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 9:30 am to 3:40 pm. The winner(s) will perform with the University Symphony Orchestra (USO) on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 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 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. USO Concerto Competition winners from 2018-19 may not compete. Applications will be accepted starting at 8:00 am on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

2019-20 USO Concerto Competition Guidelines

Apply for the USO Concerto Competition online

Bands Concerto Competition

The Bands Concerto Competition will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm in Ultan Recital Hall. Two winners may be selected and will perform on one of these evenings: Symphonic Band concert on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in TMCH, Wind Ensemble concert on Friday, April 3, 2020 in TMCH, and/or Symphonic Band concert on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 in TMCH . Decisions of which concert and ensemble will be determined by the jury and ensemble directors. Application window opens at 8:00 am on Monday, September 23, 2019.

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 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. UMN Bands Concerto Competition winners from 2018-19 may not compete.

2019-20 Bands Concerto Competition Guidelines 

Apply for the Bands Concerto Competition online

University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Past Winners

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

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