Richmond Symphony League’s
50th Annual Student Concerto Competition

2020 Winners:

1st: Kayleigh Kim, violin

2nd: Bethany Bobbs, cello

3rd: Ari Han, violin

Honorable Mention (alphabetical order): Donald Crafton, trombone; Ava Shedd, violin; David Smith, cello



Richmond Symphony League’s
50th Annual Student Concerto Competition
Saturday, January 4, 2020
8:00am – 4:00pm
W. E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University


Once each season, the Richmond Symphony League (RSL) hosts a student concerto competition to encourage and recognize talented young musicians from Virginia. First-prize winners receive a cash award plus an invitation to perform with the Richmond Symphony during the 2019-20 season. The competition is open to Virginia students in elementary through senior high school who play piano, violin, viola, cello, string bass, guitar, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, harp or percussion.  Complete details below:


The first place winner will receive $500 and an invitation to play with the Richmond Symphony.  The second place winner will receive $250 and a performance opportunity.  The decision of the judges is final.  If, in the opinion of the judges, no contestant is qualified, any of the awards may be withheld.  First-place winners are disqualified from participating in the year immediately following their award.

Music Selection

Competitors may pick their selection from an approved list of concertos. Competitors must perform the selection indicated on their Application Form.  Substitutions are not allowed.


  1. The applicant must be prepared to play, in its final form, the concerto or movement(s) that he/she wishes to perform.
  2. Memorization is required.
  3. The applicant must bring his/her own accompanist to play orchestra reduction.  If you are in need of an accompanist, please contact Logan Massey, for assistance.
  4. The applicant is required to bring two original scores of the soloist’s part for the judges.  If the edition of the music is in the 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.  Accompanists should take appropriate cuts in tutti sections.
  7. When choosing repertoire, please keep in mind that the conductor has the right to cut the piece to fit programming requirements (typical length is 8-10 minutes)

Deadline to apply: December 9, 2019 [We are now CLOSED to submissions]
Application Fee: $25, non-refundable

The Richmond Symphony League Concerto Competition registration is now CLOSED.