Youth Concerto Competition

The Youth Concerto Competition returns in 2022 !

The Preston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition commenced in 1988. The aim of the competition is to give young musicians the opportunity to play with a symphony orchestra under concert conditions.

An important change to recent years is that the 2022 competition will be open to players of orchestral instruments and piano who are 19 or under on 1 July 2022.

  • Applications for the 2022 competition are now closed
  • Auditions will take place during the evening of Wednesday 1st June
  • The 2022 Competition Concert will take place at 2.30pm on Sunday 4th September at Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre.

Youth Concerto Competition rules 2022

Age Limit
The Competition is open to players of orchestral instruments and piano who are 19 or under on 1 July 2022.

Work
A complete work with orchestral accompaniment or selected movements may be submitted. Maximum duration should be about 15 minutes. For unusual works please check the availability of orchestral parts: if these cannot be obtained the orchestra reserves the right to request a change of work.

Applications
Applications for the 2022 competition are now closed.
Late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the Secretary.
An audition fee of $10 will be charged on the evening of the audition, to defray the orchestra’s costs.

Auditions
Entrants should prepare one or more sections of their selected work to demonstrate their potential as a performer.
All entrants are required to attend the audition.
Entrants should provide their own accompanists (assistance with names is available).
The audition will last about 7 minutes.
Auditions will take place during the evening of Wednesday 1 June, 2022 at Bernie’s Music Land in Ringwood.

Finalists
At least 5 entrants will be selected to perform with the Preston Symphony Orchestra in the competition concert on 4th September 2022.

Rehearsals
Finalists will be required to rehearse with the orchestra on selected Tuesday evenings in the weeks before the concert. Each finalist will rehearse with the orchestra three times. The amount of rehearsal time for each finalist may vary to accommodate the complexity of the orchestral accompaniment of individual works.

Adjudication
Preston Symphony Orchestra will supply the adjudicator(s) whose decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

Prizes
The winner receives $500; other finalists receive $100.
As well as the overall winner’s prize, there is an Audience Prize, chosen by ballot at the end of the concert.

Any queries should be directed to: ycc@prestonsymphony.org.au

This page was last updated on 23th May 2022


See the list of previous competition winners

Read about the 2018 Competition

Read about the 2019 Competition

The 2020 and 2021 competitions were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.