Biennial Concerto Competition
Every two years the Department of Music holds a Concerto Competition, which is open to all registered students at the University and to all members of the performance ensembles. The competition is held during the winter quarter of even-numbered years. The 2018 Concerto Competition will take place on Sunday, February 25, 2018, with winning performances to be scheduled during the spring quarter.
For the Biennial Concerto Competition, musicians are requested to audition on the piece that they would like to perform in concert. The repertoire must be suitable for performance with the University Symphony Orchestra, University Chamber Orchestra, or Wind Ensemble, both in terms of difficulty and in terms of instrumentation. Depending on the auditions themselves, the committee of judges may select one winner or multiple winners; performances may be scheduled for a springtime Concerto Showcase Concert or on another concert during the subsequent academic year. Recent Concerto Competition Winners have performed such major repertoire as the violin concertos of Beethoven, Bruch, Glazunov, and Mendelssohn; piano concertos by Brahms, Liszt, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninoff; and instrumental concertos by Ibert and Gershwin, as well as vocal arias by Donizetti and Strauss.