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Richmond Symphony League’s
51st Annual Student Concerto Competition

Richmond Symphony League’s

51st Annual Student Concerto Competition has been cancelled.

Please stay tuned for more information regarding the 2022 competition

 

Once each season, the Richmond Symphony League (RSL) hosts a student concerto competition to encourage and recognize talented young musicians from Virginia. As in previous years, the first-prize winner will receive a cash award plus an invitation to perform with the Richmond Symphony during the 2020-21 season. The competition is open to Virginia students in elementary through senior high school who play the following instruments:

Piano

Violin

Viola

Cello

String Bass

Guitar

Flute

Oboe

Clarinet

Bassoon

Horn

Trumpet

Trombone

Tuba

Harp

Percussion

 

Music selection is subject to the approval of the competition administration. If your intended selection is outside of the traditional canon and you are unsure whether it is appropriate for this competition, please contact Jennifer Tobin, Assistant Director of Education: jtobin@richmondsymphony.com.

 

Guidelines

  1. The applicant must be prepared to play, in its final form, the concerto or solo movement(s) that he/she wishes to perform.
  2. Memorization is required.
  3. The applicant must bring his/her own collaborative pianist to play an orchestral reduction. If you are in need of a collaborative pianist, please contact Jennifer Tobin, jtobin@richmondsymphony.com, for assistance.
  4. The applicant is required to supply two original scores of the soloist’s part for the judges. If the music’s edition is in public domain, copies or print-outs from the internet are acceptable.
  5. Mark any cuts with sticky notes.
  6. Competition performance including stage time will not exceed ten minutes. If stage time is longer than the time allotted, the judges will terminate the performance without disqualifying the participant.  Collaborative pianists should take appropriate cuts in tutti sections.
  7. When choosing repertoire, please keep in mind the conductor has the right to cut the piece to fit programming requirements (typical length is 8-10 minutes).