The Department of Music’s annual concerto competition is held every fall and open to orchestra members and music major pianists, singers, and guitarists only. The winner(s) have the opportunity to perform with the symphony during the spring semester. Applicants perform a 12-15 minute excerpt from their concerto, with piano accompaniment.

Competition Dates, Fall 2017:

Application form deadline: Thursday, November 2
Competition date: Thursday, November 9, 7:30pm

Competition rules:

  • Audition is open to music majors and current University Symphony members only.
  • Permitted: Concerti for single and multiple soloists, arias, concert songs, song cycles.
  • Audition length: 12-14 minutes, at the committee’s discretion.
  • Applicants are responsible for engaging a piano accompanist to play the orchestral reduction at the audition.
  • Applicants may begin with a selection of their choice (this should be representative of the whole work), but they must be prepared to play any part of the whole work if asked to do so by the committee.
  • Memorization is preferred but not mandatory.
  • Lengthy extended orchestral tuttis should be omitted.
  • The committee reserves the right to choose several winners or not to choose a winner.
  • Winner/s must be prepared to attend all rehearsals and performances as arranged with the conductor.

Previous Concerto Competition Winners

2016
William Wang, piano: Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2
Melody Huang, cello: Elgar, Cello Concerto
Lauren Washburn, clarinet: Debussy, Première rhapsodie pour clarinette
Kyle Ko, french horn: Gliere, Horn Concerto

2015
Ashley Kim, flute: Nielsen, Flute Concerto
Theodora Serbanescu-Martin, piano: Beethoven, Concerto No. 4
Mosa Tsay, cello: Schumann, Cello Concerto

2014
Ashley Kim, flute: Mozart, Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major
James Lim, piano: Ravel, Piano Concerto in G major

2013
Mosa Tsay, cello: Bloch, Schelomo – Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra
Mary Anne Kidwell, flute: Griffes, Poem
Vivian Hou, violin: Dvorak, Violin Concerto

2012
Drew Gascon, bassoon: Weber, Bassoon Concerto
Joe Neeman, violin: Milhaud, Cinéma-Fantaisie
Casey Nosiglia, violin: Chausson, Poème
Wooho Park, violin: Saint-Saëns, Violin Concerto No. 3
Lisa Wu, piano: Liszt, Totentanz

2011
Stephanie Chow, violin: Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 5
Lawrence Chu, voice: Handel, The Trumpet Shall Sound
Ernest Yen, violin: Korngold, Violin Concerto
Brady Anderson: Shostakovich, Cello Concerto No. 1

2010
Jessica Kuo, oboe: Vaughan Williams, Oboe Concerto
Joe Neeman, violin: Britten, Violin Concerto, op. 15
Ernest Yen, violin; Brady Anderson, cello, Saint-Saëns, La Muse e le Poete for violin, cello, and orchestra

2009
Melanie Anderson, voice: Barber, Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Michelle Choo, violin: Sibelius, Violin Concerto in D minor
Jessica Ling, violin: Prokofiev, Concerto No. 1
Young Ho Na, piano: Ravel, Concerto for left-hand
April Paik, violin: Prokofiev, Concerto No. 2 in G minor
Kelsey Seymour, flute: Nielsen, Concerto
Kevin Yu, cello: Schumann, Concerto in A minor

2008
Christy Kyong, violin: Samuel Barber, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Jessica Ling, violin: Ravel, Tzigane
April Paik, violin: Ernest Chausson, Poème for Violin and Orchestra
Kelsey Seymour, flute: Gordeli, Flute Concerto
Gabriel Trop, cello: Alfred Schnittke, Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
Ernest Yen, violin: Tschaikovsky, Violin Concerto.

2007
Marina Sharifi, violin: Shostakovich, Violin Concerto No. 1
Alexander Kramer, tuba: John Williams, Concerto for Tuba
Ting Chin, cello: Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme
Nils Bultmann, viola: Ernest Bloch, Suite Hebraique

2006
Hannah Eldridge, violin: Barber, Violin Concerto
Garrett McLean, violin: Mendelssohn, Violin Concert in E minor
Kyle Maura and Erina Ishida, flute: Cimarosa, Concerto in G major for two flutes
Linda Wang, piano: Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat major

2005
Aaron Lay, cello: Shostakovich, Concerto No. 1 for cello
Jessie Lee, piano: Chopin, Concerto No. 1 for piano
Quelani Penland, violin; Andrew Strauss, viola: Mozart, Symphonie Concertante for violin and viola
Christina Schiffner, soprano: Mahler, Des Knaben Wunderhorn

2004
Jacob Hansen-Joseph, viola: Walton, Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
Erica Moehle, voice: Proto, A Carmen Fantasy for Double Bass and Orchestra
Quelani Penland, violin, Sabrina Leslie, Oboe: Bach, Concerto for Oboe and Violin

2003, fall
Alexandra Roedder, cello: Barber, Cello Concerto (2001 winner)

2003
Shaw Pong Liu, violin: Sibelius, Violin Concerto in d minor, op. 47
Michael Shein, cello: Saint-Saëns, Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, op. 33
Quelani Penland, violin, Aaron Lay, cello: Brahms, Double Concerto in A minor for Violin and Cello (1st movement)

2002
Leighton Fong, cello: Strauss, Don Quixote
Stephanie Ng, viola: Bartok, Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
Brian Christian, piano: Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, op. 26

2001
Roger Moseley, piano: Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, op. 15
Betty Wu, piano: Mendelssohn, Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, op. 25
Jennifer Curtis, violin, Ayumi Takeshima, violin: Ravel, Tzigane, Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto

2000
Ivan Ilic, piano: Ravel, Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Fumei Lam, piano: Grieg, Piano Concerto in A minor
Hyuni Michelle Kim, violin: Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto