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USO Concerto Competition

The competition will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm. The winner(s) will perform with the University Symphony Orchestra (USO) on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 7:3 0pm. 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 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. USO Concerto Competition winners from 2016-17 may not compete. Applications will be accepted starting at 8:00 am on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. 

2017-18 USO Concerto Competition Guidelines 

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Past Winners 



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

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



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



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

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



Rosalind Leavell, cello
Elgar: Concerto for Violoncello



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



Jessica Jasper, viola
Britten: Lachrymae

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



Preston Duncan, saxophone
Ibert: Concertino da Camera



Eric Neseth, marimba
Creston: Concertino for Marimba and Orchestra

John Hammarback, oboe
Mozart: Oboe Concerto



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



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



Soojung Hong, piano
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1