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 fourth annual Aspiring Soloist Concerto Competition, co-sponsored by Contemporary Productions, Inc and the Bearden Violin Shop. 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, November 22, 2019, at the Purser Auditorium (1851 Schoettler Road, Chesterfield, MO, 63017).

Competition rules:
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 August 23, 2019. Up to 10 performers will be selected for a second round, held from 9 AM to noon on September 14, 2019, at the Thompson House (on the campus of Webster 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 November 22, 2019, at the Purser 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. Unfortunately, we are unable to include pianists at this time. 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 for rehearsal with the St. Louis Philharmonic on 11/20, a dress rehearsal on 11/21, and the performance on 11/22/2019, at Purser Auditorium.

Performance criteria:
1. All applicants must perform the same piece for all rounds of the competition.
2. The selected piece can be any solo work with an orchestra accompaniment EXCEPT the following works, which have been performed by the orchestra in the last 3 years:
o David Concertino No.4 for Trombone
o Dvorak Cello Concerto (first movement)
o Saint Saens Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor
o Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto (first movement)
o Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No.5 (first movement)
o Weber Clarinet Concerto No.1 (first movement)
3. For the First Round (Video Submission):
o An accompanist is not required for the YouTube video submission.
o The video must be a single, un-edited take without interruption. Only one submission per applicant is allowed.
4. For the Second Round (Live Performance for Jury)
o Up to 10 performers will be selected for the second round of live, un-blinded performances before a panel of judges.
o The solo part must be performed from memory without cuts or modifications.
o An accompanist is also required for this round, and assistance in identifying an accompanist is available upon request. Cuts in the tutti or accompaniment sections of the music will be permitted.

Entry Fee :
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 *
Musical Selection
Instrument *
Repertoire selection (Composer, work, movement) *
Insert your YouTube link *
Personal Information
Date of birth *
Current grade *
School district where you are currently enrolled *
Orchestra director's name (if applicable)
Private teacher's name (if applicable)
Your email address *
Phone number *
Mailing address *
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