Concerto Competition

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall - Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 4:30 - 8:30 pm

The Competition Schedule will be posted here when it is available.

Eligibility: All students that are current members of the HSGTO are eligible to compete in the concerto competition. Students may compete using the instrument with which they perform in the ensemble or another instrument included on the repertoire list (including piano).

Fee: A fee of $35 is required to participate in the competition. This must be submitted in the form of a check made payable to HCPSS.

Prize: The winning student will receive the opportunity to perform their solo during our side-by-side concert on April 30, 2019 with members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

If there is a runner-up, that person may receive the opportunity to perform their solo on the February 10th concert with the HSGTO.

Sign-up: Students interested in participating must return the completed application form by October 30th with the accompanying $35 check made payable to HCPSS.

Accompanist: All students will be required to bring an accompanist to the audition excepts for pianists, who have the option to audition unaccompanied.

PDFRepertoire List | Application

Repertoire: Students must perform a selection taken from the repertoire list. Students only need to play one movement of the selected piece. If a student is considering a piece that is not listed but feels that the piece would be an appropriate addition to the list, they must submit by email the name, composer, and publisher of the piece to the directors for approval. All submissions to the repertoire list must be made by October 23rd and must be approved before they can be placed on the application form. If you are choosing a piece not on the repertoire list, please follow this criteria: 

Please choose works originally published before 1923 if possible. This means that the work will most likely be in the public domain, and the orchestral parts will be available for purchase, or already in the BSO library. Works published after 1923 may be approved if limited repertoire has been composed for the student’s instrument. 

Please consider the ending of the movement you are selecting, and choose a movement with a concert ending. Endings that may not work are ones that run attacca into the next movement, for example. 

Please choose a movement from the concerto with maximum duration of 12 minutes.

Please consider the orchestral instrumentation of the piece you wish to perform.