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Community Concerto and Aria Competition

The CCAC is for adult community musicians, at least 25 years of age, seeking the opportunity to compete with their peers and perform with a live orchestra. Please see contest rules for eligibility and information on repertoire selection.

Concert Date:                 Sunday, October 20, 2019 – 3:00 PM at the Moody Performance Hall

Conductor:                        Dr. Kathryn D. Brown, Artistic Director

Application and

Recording Deadline:                Sunday, June 9, 2019. The top three (3) recordings from each category

                                  (instrumental and vocal) will be selected as finalists to participate in the live


Finalist Live Auditions:         Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019, 9:00A-12:00N

                                Location: Collora Piano, 1451 Wycliff Ave., Dallas, TX 75207

                                Specific time slots will be designated once Finalists are notified of their selection.


*pending travel arrangements

GRAND PRIZE- $250 and Performance with
New Texas Symphony Orchestra

Complete application on the website: 

Contest Coordinator:        Ms. Erin Fox

Questions?                         Contact Ms. Fox at 

Finalists will be notified no later than Monday, July 29, and competition winners will be announced on all NTSO social media outlets.  

Requirements for Entry

Community Musician:

Professional – NOT ELIGIBLE:


Rules and Regulations

The audition fee is $35 per person**, and is due at the time of application located here: 

All performers must audition with an accompanist (one will not be provided). The performer is responsible for any and all necessary travel or accommodation fees.

**Audition fees are non-refundable.

Repertoire Requirements: Applicants must submit video recording of:         



Repertoire Selection:

Standard repertoire is encouraged.  Music rental availability and costs should be considered when selecting your piece(s).  Orchestra instrumentation should also be considered – standard is full strings, 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn,
4 hn, 2 trpt, 3 tbn, tuba, timp, hp, perc.  Please contact the contest coordinator if you have questions (

Finalists Live Audition:

The performance literature should be no longer than 10 minutes total. Please perform 10 minutes of excerpts at the audition if the piece is longer than 10 minutes. You may cut an opening tutti section of your piece to fit in the time limit, but note that no cuts are allowed for the concert performance.  

Video guidelines:

  1. Videos will be uploaded via the link on the application page (

Acceptable video formats, .mp4,  ,flv, .qt, .wmv,  or .avi.  Zip these files for best transport. (e.g. .zip or .zipx)

  1. Recordings should be a fair representation of the Contestant’s abilities, but need not be of a professional quality.
  2. Recording file name must include contestant name and instrument.
  3. Only un-edited video can be accepted for the audition (parts of video connected together or video clips are not acceptable).
  4. The selection of the three (3) finalists in each category will be based solely upon the video recordings submitted.

Finalist Selection

  1. The top three (3) recordings from each category (instrumental and vocal) will be selected as finalists to participate in the live audition.
  2. Finalists who are unavailable for the live Finals performance round must withdraw from competition via email to Contest Coordinator (
  3. Memorization is not required for the video submission nor live Finals performance, although it is encouraged.
  4. Finalists will be notified of their placement via email or phone (as indicated on the application) by Sunday, June 23, 2019.

Winner Selection

  1. Finalists must bring three legally obtained copies of the music to the audition for the judges.  At least one copy must be a legally obtained original (not photocopied). Non-original copies will only be accepted if the music is permanently out of print. Music in the public domain may be printed directly from IMSLP or other public domain source. Provide the solo part only if possible.
  2. A winner will be chosen for both the Instrumental and Vocal category, and will be determined by performance at the Finalists’ live audition.
  3. The decisions of the Judges are final and cannot be appealed.
  4. Comments made by the Judges will not be disclosed.
  5. Winners will be notified the week of July 29 by phone and/or email provided on the application.
  1. Competition results will be published on the New Texas Symphony Orchestra website after Winners have been notified during the week of July 29, and shared on our social media outlets.
  2. First Prize Winners may not submit the same audition program should they wish to compete in the following season.
  3. Have fun! And please spread the word about this competition. #NTSODallas on Twitter and Facebook

Performance Information

  1. One Instrumental and one Vocal winner will be selected.
  2. Each Winner will perform at the NTSO Concert on October 20, 3:00PM at the Moody Performance Hall. Confirm availability for performance date and additional rehearsals before submitting an application. 
  3. Winners will receive an award on stage following their performance.
  4. Winners who choose to not participate in the NTSO concert on October 20, 2019 will be disqualified.
  5. All participants are responsible for their own expenses (travel, housing accommodations, accompanist, etc.)


  1. Ensure eligibility
  2. Apply online
  3. Pay audition fee
  4. Submit video recording of your intended performance piece

Kindly send any questions regarding this competition to Erin Fox at