LSYO Concerto Competition

Concerto competition

The LSYO Concerto Competition is held every season and is open to members of the Symphonic Orchestra. The winner performs a movement of a concerto with the Symphonic Orchestra at the Spring Concert.

Each season’s specific deadlines and notification dates for each step of the Concerto Competition will be shared in Google Classroom and by email.  Generally the timeline for the Concerto Competition proceeds as follows:

Concerto competition
  1. Registration:  Musicians need to send the name of their piece, the composer, and which movement they will be playing to the Conductor, usually by the end of September.
  2. Approval:  The Conductor will review submissions and make sure that the orchestration for each piece is available and manageable for the orchestra. Submissions will be approved or denied approximately one week after the registration deadline.  If a piece/movement is denied, the musician will have another full week to propose an alternate audition piece.
  3. Pre-Screening:  This step usually takes place in November.  A recording of the musician playing their entire movement is due via email. Recording with an accompanist is strongly encouraged but is not mandatory for this round of the concerto competition. The Conductor will contact the musicians approximately 1-2 weeks after pre-screening to share whether or not they have been selected to move on to the next round of live auditions.  All musicians will be provided with feedback based on their submissions, regardless of a live audition invitation.
  4. Live Audition:  Finalists will be called in for a live audition in mid-January. Performing at the live audition with an accompanist is strongly encouraged but not required.   Concert dress is not required, but please wear something nice.

Questions about the Concerto Competition, or if musicians have any questions during the process, should be directed to the LSYO Coordinator.

Concerto Competition Winners

2024:  Joel Ng
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor
Op. 64, 3rd mvt

2023:  Jenna Ng
Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 1 in C major
Op. 15, 1st mvt

2022:  Brady Mandeville
Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor
Op. 47, 1st mvt

2020:  Will Duis
Mozart Concerto in Bb major for Bassoon
K.191, III Rondo

2019:  Andrew Coleman
Mozart Concerto in A major for Clarinet
K.622, 1st mvt

2018:  Alexander Shen
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor
Op. 37, 3rd mvt

2017:  Virgil Moore
Kabalevsky Concerto for Violin in C major
Op. 48, 1st mvt

2016:  Leo Chang
Vivaldi Violin Concerto in G minor
3rd mvt

2015:  Amber Li
Beriot Scene de Ballet, Op. 100

2013:  Elizabeth McDowell
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major
Op. 15, 1st mvt

2012:  Sarah Saul
Chaminade Concertino for Flute in D major
Op. 107

2011:  Sarah Catherine Straw
Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor
3rd mvt

2010:  Aejou Hong
Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor
Op. 16, 1st mvt

2009:  Jared Barringer
Grondahl Concerto for Trombone
3rd mvt

2008:  Marilyn Marks
Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor
Op. 22, 1st mvt

2007:  Marilyn Marks
Kabalevsky Concerto for Violin in C major
Op. 48, 1st mvt

2006:  Marilyn Marks
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major
K.216, 1st mvt

2006:  Monty Natour
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major
3rd mvt

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