2019 Youth Symphony Concerto Competition

The competition is open to all members of Youth Symphony, regardless of grade in school, all members of the Concert Orchestra in their senior year of high school.  The winner of the competition will perform, accompanied by the Youth Symphony orchestra, during the Youth Symphony Spring concert on April 26, 2019.


Those competing will audition on Sunday evening, January 13th, 2019, starting at 6:30 PM. Students should be accompanied by piano, and are responsible for arranging for the accompanist. Warm-up times may be scheduled at Youth Music Illinois on Sunday afternoon by advance communications. In case of inclement weather, the competition will be rescheduled for January 19th, 2019, at 3 PM.


Guest judges will be professional musicians. Their decision will determine the outcome, and the results will be announced after a short pause following the conclusion of the competition. All contestants, by participating, agree to accept the judges’ decision as final. The auditions will be open to the public, and take place in the Great Room at the Life Together Center.


All competition pieces must have been composed (or transcribed) for the student’s instrument, as a solo accompanied by orchestra. The piece does not have to have the designation of “Concerto” in its title. Single movements or short works may be performed in their entirety – works or movements longer than 12 minutes will require special approval or possible cuts to shorten their duration.

The choice of repertoire for the competition must be included in the application, and the Music Director must approve the piece. The reason for the approval is to ensure that the competition piece can be acquired by Youth Music Illinois, and can be performed by the orchestra. Possible reasons to withhold approval include:

  • Technical and/or musical difficulty of the orchestral parts
  • Difficulty in obtaining orchestra parts (for logistical reasons, or due to prohibitive rental or purchase costs)
  • Size of orchestra required

The Music Director will approve or disapprove choice of repertoire within a week of receiving applications, so that students and their teachers know the choice is confirmed, or have time to consider alternative repertoire.

Questions regarding the application may be addressed to: brea@youthmusicillinois.org

Musical questions, regarding repertoire choice, may be sent to: dcommanday@youthmusicillinois.org


Title of Piece

Accompanist name may be provided later if unknown at time of application.

By printing your name below, student (and family) hereby applies to compete, and agrees to perform as soloist with Youth Symphony as part of the Youth Symphony Spring Concert on April 27, 2018, barring unforeseen circumstances beyond her/his/their control. Furthermore, all hereby entering their names agree that Judges’ decisions shall be final.

Deadline for Application: Midnight, November 15, 2017