Aspiring Soloist Concerto Competition
Sponsored by the Bearden Violin Shop and the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra
Competition Rules
The Saint Louis Philharmonic Society is pleased to announce its second annual Aspiring Soloist Concerto Competition. String, wind, brass, and percussion players who are high school seniors or younger are invited to compete for this opportunity to perform with the Saint Louis Philharmonic on Friday, April 27, 2018.

The initial stage of the competition is open to all individuals who meet the eligibility criteria below. Simply record your performance, upload it to YouTube, and send us the link on the form provided. Videos must be submitted by November 17, 2017. Up to 10 performers will be selected for a second round, held on February 3, 2018, at Lindenwood University before a panel of judges. Multiple prize winners may be awarded with cash prizes, but only a single first-prize winner will be chosen to perform with the orchestra. The winner will be our guest soloist on April 27, 2018, at the Skip Viragh Auditorium, performing the same concerto movement that was heard during the competition.

The competition is open to young string, wind, brass, and percussion players (high school seniors or younger) within a 100 mile radius of St. Louis. Previous finalists of the competition are welcome to re-enter the competition, however previous winners of the competition are ineligible. The winner must be available to perform with the St. Louis Philharmonic on April 27, 2018, at the Skip Viragh Auditorium.

-- All applicants must perform the same piece for all rounds of the competition.
-- The selected piece can be any solo work with an orchestra accompaniment EXCEPT:
-- The Saint Saens Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor
-- The David Concertino No.4 for Trombone
-- The first movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
-- These three works have been performed by the orchestra in the last 3 years
-- First Round (Video Submission)
-- An accompanist is not required for the YouTube video submission.
-- A simple pause can be observed during breaks in the solo part.
-- The video must be a single, un-edited take without interruption.
-- Only one submission per applicant is allowed.
-- Second Round (Live Performance for Jury)
-- Up to 10 performers will be selected for a live second round before a panel of judges.
-- The solo part must be performed from memory without cuts or modifications.
-- An accompanist is required for this round.
-- Assistance in identifying an accompanist is available upon request.
-- Cuts in the tutti or accompaniment sections of the music will be permitted.

A $20 entry fee is required for anyone submitting a video to the contest. This can be provided in the form of a check to the St. Louis Philharmonic Society (PO Box 220437, St Louis, Missouri, 63122) or through the PayPal link on the orchestra’s website ( Videos will not be viewed by the adjudicating committee until an entrance fee is received.

If you have any questions regarding the competition, please feel free to contact us at

Entry Form
Name *
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Musical Selection
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Repertoire selection (Composer, work, movement) *
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Insert your YouTube link *
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Personal Information
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Current grade *
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School district where you are currently enrolled *
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Orchestra director's name (if applicable)
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Private teacher's name (if applicable)
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Your email address *
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