Youth Concerto Competition

Our annual 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. Previous competition winners.

2017 YCC finalists and conductor Robert Dora


The competition will be on Sunday 9th September 2018, at Northcote Town Hall.

Applications are now closed. The closing date was the 25th May 2018.

Auditions were held on Thursday 7th June at Bernie’s Music Land in Ringwood.

Finalists are required to attend rehearsals with the orchestra in August 2018. Exact dates will be notified to the finalists in due course.

Any queries should be directed to

Competition rules 2018

Age Limit
The Competition is open to players of orchestral instruments and piano who are 18 or under on 1 July 2018.

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 are now closed.
• The closing date was the 25th May 2018.
• Late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the Secretary
• An audition fee of $10 will be charged on the evening to defray the orchestra’s costs

Students should prepare one or more sections of their selected work to demonstrate their potential as a performer.
• All entrants are required to attend an audition
• Students should provide their own accompanists (assistance with names is available)
• The audition time will be about 7 minutes
• Auditions will take place 7th June at Bernie’s Music Land in Ringwood.

At least 5 entrants will be selected to perform with the Preston Symphony Orchestra.

Previous Winners & Finalists ‘Lockout’
The aim of the competition is to provide the opportunity to perform as a soloist with an orchestra to as many young musicians as possible. Hence there is a ‘lock out’ period for previous winners and finalists before they can enter again: players who have won may not enter in the following two competitions after winning, and finalists may not enter the following year. This does not apply for entrants on a different instrument.

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

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.