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.

See the list of previous competition winners

Read about the 2018 Competition

2019

Key Dates
Applications Open: April (dates to be finalised shortly)
Applications Close: May (dates to be finalised shortly)
Auditions:Thursday 6 June
Concert: Sunday 8 September

YCC 2018 finalists with conductor Robert Dora

Competition rules 2019

Age Limit
The Competition is open to players of orchestral instruments and piano who are 18 or under on 1 July 2019.

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 2019 are not yet open (will be open from around April).
• 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

Auditions
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 during the evening on 6th June 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 8th September 2019.

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.

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