For the competition, participants are expected to prepare a movement of a concerto or appropriate concert piece. Participants are encouraged to come prepared with additional movements, but stage time will be limited to 10 minutes. Judges may stop you to ask for certain movements or selections during your time.
In order to create a successful musical collaboration between the orchestra and soloist, it is strongly recommended that your piece falls within the following instrumentation & guidelines. Ideally, a winner will be chosen with repertoire that is also a good musical fit for the orchestra.
The instrumentation of your piece may include up to:
2 Flutes (1 Doubling Piccolo)
2 Oboes (1 Doubling English Horn)
Your piece should require no rental fees, and have a score, parts, and materials that are in print and readily available.
As you choose your piece, keep in mind the programming and musical concerns that the orchestra would need to accommodate in order to perform your piece such as length, overall difficulty, unusual instrumentation, or other demands.
Recent successful collaborations have been well-known and accessible concerti from the standard repertoire such as:
- Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major Hob VIIb/1
- Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major K.218
- Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor Op. 64
- Sibelius Violin Concerto, Op 47
- Weinawski Violin Concerto No. 2, Op 22
- Elgar Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85
- Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25