Philharmonic Concerto Competition


  • Audition Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
  • Audition Site: Sammons Center for the Arts
  • Audition Times: Approx. 5:00—9:00 PM, individual times TBA
  • Entry Deadline: Sunday, January 9, 2019


  1. All current members of Philharmonic are eligible to audition. Graduating Seniors and those who may be in another GDYO ensemble next season are welcome to apply. The winner of the concerto competition will be invited to solo with the GDYO Philharmonic in the fall of 2018 (concert date, TBA).
  2. You must audition on the instrument that you regularly play in Philharmonic. No one will be allowed to audition on the piano.
  3. Memorization is not required.
  4. Contestants must provide their own accompanist for the audition.
  5. Contestants must provide one copy of their solo for the judge.
  6. Only one movement needs to be performed unless the movements are very short.
  7. The total playing time for any piece should not exceed 15 minutes.
  8. Contestants will only have a five to eight minute audition time slot. The Judge may ask you to skip ahead, but be prepared to perform the entire piece.
  9. The Philharmonic conductor has the right to change or alter the selection for the winner’s performance with the orchestra as deemed appropriate.
  10. You must notify the GDYO if you wish to withdraw from the competition. All correspondence regarding and including this application can be sent to the GDYO office or turned in at rehearsal.
  11. The naming of a winner or any other award is solely at the discretion of the judge.


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