Spokane Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition 2020

Rules and Application


Eligibility: The concerto competition is open only to members of the Spokane Youth Symphony Orchestra who are in good standing. Members may enter on the instrument they play in SYSO. All pieces must be played from memory in the preliminary and final competition. Up to three winners will be selected to perform with the Youth Symphony.  Previous winners may not enter or win in consecutive years.                                                                                     


Date and Location: The Concerto Competition will take place Sunday, January 19, 2020, 1:00-5:00 p.m. at Whitworth University’s Cowles Music Center.


Repertoire: Each entrant will perform, from memory, one movement of a standard concerto or concert piece, with cadenza. Entrants should consider playability of their concerto by the Youth Symphony. Please consult with the Artistic Director Dr. Philip Baldwin, when choosing your piece. Concertos must be approved by Dr. Baldwin (signature required) prior to the December 16, 2019 deadline.


Entrants will be given up to 10 minutes to perform by memory.  Exceptions to the time limit must be by permission of the Artistic Director and at discretion of the judges.


Accompanists: Competitors must arrange for their own accompanists. Spokane Youth Symphony will provide an accompanist of our choosing to work with those students who have a documented financial need. Please note the name of your accompanist on the application. We will make an effort to accommodate accompanists when arranging the schedule.


Entrants must provide an original of the score and two copies (three total) to the judges during each competition.


The decision of the judges will be final. Please note: If, in the opinion of the Judges, no entrant meets the standard of performance, the award shall not be given.


Please make sure to include signatures of the applicant, parent or guardian, private music teacher, and Artistic Director/Conductor of Spokane Youth Symphony Orchestra. Applications must be postmarked by December 16, 2019 with the application fee of $50, which will help cover the competition costs. The fee is nonrefundable.