FSYO 2017-2018 Concerto Competition Application

Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras 2017-2018
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 before 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 15, 2017. 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 Shakespeare Theater located at 812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803 on October 28, 2017, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Memorization is optional for this round. The preliminary round will result in advancing a maximum of eight contestants to the finals. 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 on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at 5 pm at Montverde Academy, in the Sandra O. Stephens Auditorium. 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 scores that may be photocopies 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, no more than two overall winners will be selected to play with the Symphonic Orchestra during the second half of the 2017-2018 61st 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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