Concerto Competition

Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras is pleased to invite any Symphonic or Philharmonia member to audition for the 2017 – 2018 Concerto Competition. A highlight of the FSYO Concert Season, the Concerto Competition encourages students to step out of their roles within the orchestra, and into a soloist's seat. Students compete for a chance to play their solo accompanied by the FSYO's Symphonic Orchestra, under the direction of  Music Director Mr. Hanrich Claassen. 

To register for the Concerto Competition Auditions, please submit the attached application, a $15 application fee, and one copy of your chosen concerto selection by a date TBD. Submissions may be turned in by filling out the online application below. FSYO will pay up to $100.00 in rental costs for orchestral parts and score for the performance with the Symphonic Orchestra. Entrant will pay the remaining amounts.


Please check back for 2017-2018 Application Forms 
Concerto Competition: Procedures and Rules

The Concerto Competition provides FSYO Philharmonia and Symphonic Orchestra students the opportunity to compete for the honor of being a soloist with the FSYO Symphonic Orchestra.


A movement from a solo concerto with orchestra, chamber orchestra or wind ensemble or a substantial work for solo instrument and orchestra, chamber orchestra or wind ensemble. The maximum length is 15 minutes. If the winning work is longer than 15 minutes, it is subject to reduction in performance at the discretion of the FSYO Music Director. Take note in choosing repertoire that the FSYO will pay up to $100.00 in rental costs for orchestral parts and score for the performance with the Symphonic Orchestra. Final Round Winners will be responsible for any remaining incurred costs. It is recommended that all music be memorized for the Preliminary Round, Final Round Competition, and eventual performance.


The Concerto Competition is open to all woodwind, brass, string and percussion students of the FSYO Philharmonia and Symphonic Orchestras. Students who have performed as a soloist with the orchestra during last year's competition may not enter the competition.


Entry Forms must be completed online and a copy of the solo part together with the $15 entry fee must be submitted to the Philharmonia and Symphonic orchestra managers at a date TBD. The deadline is final.

Preliminary Round

All contestants will play their complete selection unaccompanied for the preliminary round (no exceptions). Preliminaries will be held at a location/date TBD. Memorization is optional for this round. The preliminary round will result in advancing a maximum of eight contestants to the finals. The FSYO directors will act as judges of the panel for the Preliminary round. All panel rankings, scoring, and deliberations are held in strict confidentiality. Written comments from the panel of judges will be sent by mail to each contestant from the FSYO Administrative team.

Final Round

The Final Round, featuring no more than eight contestants, will be held at a date/time/location TBD. The FSYO Music Director will assemble a suitable panel of three impartial judges, each representing expertise in one of the categories of woodwinds, brass, percussion, and strings for the Final round. The FSYO Music Director will act as a non-voting member of this panel. The deliberations of the judges shall remain confidential and their decision final. All panel rankings and scoring are to be held in strict confidentiality.

Each contestant is responsible for arranging their own accompanist. Works that utilize standard cuts in professional performance may be performed in this manner. Students shall provide one complete original piano score and two additional scores, that may be photocopied, for the judging panel. Cuts should be clearly marked in all of the scores. Scores are to be handed to the FSYO Music Director at least one day before the Final Round. Memorization is highly recommended, but shall not influence the decision of the judges. The competition finals will consist of one session, possibly with intermission included, depending on the total length of works.

From the finalists, winners will be selected to play with the Symphonic Orchestra during the 2017-2018 Season. The performance dates will be announced to the winner(s) as soon as possible by the FSYO Music Director. The winner(s) are required to have their selections memorized for their performances with the FSYO Symphonic Orchestra.

Other information

Each final round contestant will be scheduled for a rehearsal in the recital hall for a MAXIMUM of 20 minutes the day of the competition. Scheduling will be arranged through the FSYO Administrative team.

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