Concerto Competition (2018-2019)

DeKalb Symphony Orchestra
Annual Young Artists Concerto Competition
March 26, 2019

Marvin Cole Auditorium
Georgia State University
Clarkston Campus

The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is hosting our Young Artists Concerto Competition to encourage and recognize local, talented high school student musicians. Winners receive a cash award plus the opportunity to perform with the DSO on March 26, 2019 during the 2018-2019 concert season.

The competition is open to piano, strings, winds, brass and percussion students attending high school as of January 1, 2019.

All concerto winners will have the opportunity to perform their auditioned piece with the DSO. In addition, the first place winner will receive $500, the second place winner will receive $300 and the third place winner will receive $200. Previous first place winners are disqualified from participating in the year immediately following their award.

Students should select a movement from a concerto or other work from the standard repertoire that is performed with orchestral accompaniment. All works must have orchestral parts available. Special permission is needed for complete concertos in a single movement.

Students are required to submit a preliminary audition recording of their concerto selection. Acceptable media formats are a physical CD-R or USB thumb drive, or a file may be uploaded to the DSO website. Accepted media types are WAV or MP3. Except for submissions from piano applicants, the audition recording should include piano accompaniment. Competitors must perform the selection indicated on their application form; substitutions are not allowed.


  • The applicant must be prepared to play the audition piece from memory.
  • Applicants must bring their own piano accompanist to play the orchestral reduction. Piano soloists need not have an accompanist.
  • The applicant is required to bring for the judges one original score of the soloist’s part. If the edition of the music is in the public domain, copies or printouts from the internet are acceptable.
  • Mark any cuts in pencil in the score.
  • The audition should not exceed 15 minutes.
  • Piano accompanists should take appropriate cuts in orchestral sections.

Applications are to be completed online (see weblink below) prior to 11:59 pm on January 4, 2019 or mailed with a postmark on or before January 4, 2019. If mailed, send to:

DeKalb Symphony Orchestra
Young Artists Concerto Competition
P.O. Box 1313
Tucker, GA 30085

All of the following application materials are required to enter:

  • A completed printed application form or submission of our online application form.
  • The student’s own preliminary audition recording of their concerto selection on CD-R, thumb drive (WAV or MP3 file) or uploaded to the DSO website.
  • Application fee ($40 non-refundable check or money order, payable to DeKalb Symphony Orchestra). You may also pay via PayPal.

Applicants will be notified by email of their acceptance to the final live auditions by Thursday, January 10, 2019.

The final live auditions will be held on Sunday afternoon, February 10, 2019 at the Fine Arts Building (building CF-north entrance) of Georgia State University, Clarkston Campus, Memorial College Avenue (parking lot entrances 3 & 5). A panel of impartial professional musicians appointed by the DSO Music Director will judge these auditions.

Finalists will be notified of their assigned audition time by email Tuesday January 15th.

Winners will be notified by Wednesday, February 13, 2019. The decisions of the judges are final. Judges are not required to select a second or third place winner if no applicant qualifies in the opinion of the judges.

The competition winners will perform at the DSO concert on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 8 pm. They will be expected to attend an orchestral rehearsal on Sunday evening, March 24th, and a dress rehearsal on Monday evening, March 25th.

Questions about the competition should be directed to [email protected]. You may also call the DSO at 678-891-3565.


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If you would like to pay your $40 application fee online, you may pay via PayPal.