Concerto Competition

Concerto Competition General Information:

Application is closed.

Audition time assigned (notified by email): TBD

Live Concerto Competition date: TBD
Location: TBD
Time: Your specific audition (15 minutes)

Winner announced: TBD

Application Rules

  1. The Annual Concerto Competition is open to all current orchestra members of the 2018/19 season.
  1. Repertoire choices are open to any standard concerto for solo instrument and orchestra. Repertoire must be memorized for Live Auditions. Exceptions may be made for some works (i.e. contemporary music or chamber works) with prior approval from the Director of Orchestra Operations.
  1. Once an application is submitted, changes in repertoire will not be allowed.
  1. Applicants must provide their own accompanist for the Live Audition.
  1. Applicant must provide the judges with at least one original copy of their selected music at the time of audition.
  1. To complete your application, the following documents must accompany each application form:

(a) Submission of a CV or musical resume , including applicant’s musical education background, performance experience, and a list of any awards and accomplishments. Please include list of major solo works in your repertoire, together with the dates of most recently performed. 
(b) A recommendation letter from current teacher or a musician of acknowledged standing. Letter to be emailed to

Submit an application.

Procedures for the Competition 

  1. Applicants should retain copies of all material sent with their applications. The American Youth Symphony will accept no responsibility for lost documents.
  1. An acknowledgement will be sent to each applicant upon receipt of the completed application form and accompanying documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  1. All applications will be reviewed by the Competition Artistic Committee and treated as confidential. The Committee reserves the right to request additional information from or about an applicant.
  1. The order of appearance of performers in the Live Auditions will be determined by a drawing. The Competition will follow this order except, at the discretion of the Chairman of the Jury, for reasons of accident, illness, or other unusual circumstances.
  1. The Competition may be recorded and videotaped for subsequent video, or audio recording use. It is anticipated that parts or all of the Competition will be made available on the Internet. Camera crews may photograph all Competition events. Neither the American Youth Symphony nor its assignees or licensees may be held liable for any payments to finalists arising out of materials derived from Competition performances. Applicants are required to sign a release form yielding all rights on such materials to the American Youth Symphony, its assignees or licensees.

Prizes and Engagements

Winner: $1,000 Scholarship to be used for career advancing opportunities, and an opportunity to perform with the American Youth Symphony for a concert date to be determined at a future date during the season following the audition.

2017 Winner: Aubree Oliverson, violin

We are excited to announce the winner of our 2017 Concerto Competition, Aubree Oliverson. Aubree is currently in her first year at the Colburn Conservatory, studying with renowned pedagogue Robert Lipsett. 2016/17 also marks Aubree’s first yeah with the American Youth Symphony. Look for details on the date and programming of her solo performance to be released this summer!
Congratulations Aubree!

2016 Winners:

Coleman Itzkoff, cello

As co-winner of the 2016 concerto competition, AYS principal Cellist Coleman Itzkoff performed Bloch’s Schelomo at the 2016/17 season opening concert on October 16, 2016.

Rachel Ostler, violin

Rachel Ostler performed the Korngold Violin Concerto on April 22, 2017 at the annual AYS Gala Concert.