Youth Symphony Orchestra members have the opportunity to audition to perform a concerto of their choice. Auditions for the 2018-2019 competition will be held on Sunday, December 2, beginning at 5:00 p.m. One soloist may be chosen to be accompanied by the QCSO in a concerto movement or other short solo work for his/her instrument and another soloist may be chosen to be similarly accompanied by the YSO on the Winter Festival concert program. The soloists are chosen by a competition audition committee consisting of, but not limited to, members of the artistic staff from the QCSO. Each student competitor must audition with the repertoire s/he would perform with the orchestra, if chosen.

Any YSO musician is eligible to participate in the concerto competition if they meet all the following criteria:

  • They were a member of the YSO during the fall semester and performed with the orchestra in the November concert
  • They sustain YSO membership during the spring semester

Audition Requirements

  • The online Concerto Competition Audition Application must be submitted by October 31, 2018
  • Players are permitted to audition either on their YSO instrument or piano
  • Players must audition with a single movement of a concerto or a solo work that has orchestral accompaniment for his/her instrument
  • Audition repertoire selections must be between five and fifteen minutes in length, including the accompaniment’s introduction, interludes, and codas. No cuts may be taken. If the intended single movement/work is less than five minutes, the student competitor may add another movement from the same work—or a second short piece—which when combined with the first, is fewer than fifteen minutes in length

Piano accompaniment is required for the audition. Competitors may choose to perform with a collaborative pianist provided by the QCSO or a pianist of their choosing. Email for accompanist recommendations.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon)

AUDITION DATE: December 2, 2018, Augustana College, 5:00 p.m.


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