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Moores School Symphony Orchestra 2021 Concerto Competition

The 2021 concerto will accept applicants fromenrolledMSM students in the following divisions:  

Announcement ofwinners- October 16, 2021,  immediatelyfollowingtheFinal Round of judging deliberations. 

Prizes will be awarded as follows. 

Final Round:             Grand Prize (2) $1,500 (Presented in addition to the Division Prize) 

                                   Audience ChoicePrize $500  

Preliminary Rounds:  DivisionPrize(4) $750 

    Honorable Mention (2) $250 

Grand Prize winners will alsobe invitedto perform with theMooresSchool Symphony Orchestra on a concert in the 2021-2022 season. 

Application Process: 

  • Application portal:

  • The application portal will open MondayAugust 30 at 9 a.m. and will close on MondayOctober 4 at 5 p.m. All application processes and requirements will be listed in the application portal. All steps, including payment, must be completed by application deadline.
  • There is a non-refundable Concerto Competition fee of $35 for entering the  competition.  The link for payment is available at the application portal. 

PreliminaryRound:October 16, 9a.m.— MSM 175/185.EachDivisionwillbejudgedbyan externalpanelofthree (3) distinguishedindividualsfromthe appropriate areas(strings and voice).Each set ofadjudicatorswillbetaskedwith selectingtwo(2)DivisionWinnerswho will advancetothefinalround(fourfinalistsin all).AnHonorableMentionprizemayalsobeawarded at thejudges' discretionbut will not advance to the final round. 

Final Round:October 16, 7:00 p.m. in Dudley Recital Hall.The final round willbejudgedbythesix (6)Division Judges(threeinstrings &threein voice)plus one (1) additionaladjudicator not affiliatedwith the MSM,for a totalof seven (7)judges.Two (2)Grand PrizeWinners(one in each division)willbe chosen from the four finalists. AnAudience Choice Prize will alsobe awarded. 

Performance times for thePreliminaryRound (morning/afternoon) will beassignedafter the application deadline has passed.Following completion of the Preliminary Round, arandomization program will determinethe order for the Final Round, and finalists will be notified immediately. 

The final round of competitionperformances will berecordedprofessionally by theMooresSchool of MusicandlivestreamedfromDudley RecitalHallon Saturday, October 16. 

Competition Rules and Procedures: 

All applicants must be currently enrolled at theMooresSchool of Music to be eligible to compete. 

Repertoire: All competitors mustperformacompletework written for solo stringinstrumentor voice(seevocal rep. requirements below)with orchestra.  

Vocal repertoire requirements: 

  • Multiple solos/works/arias are acceptable.Total performance time must be12minutes (minimum) to 15 minutes (maximum). 
  • Vocal orchestral works/song cycles are also acceptable but may not exceed 20 minutesmaximum). 

All competitors must perform the entire work from memory, with piano accompaniment.Competitors are responsible for engaging their ownaccompanistsand arranging rehearsalswith the pianist. 

Competitors must providePDF files of their work(preferably the piano reduction) in advanceto the MSSO for use by the judges.PDF files are likely available online from IMSLP.  

In the Preliminary Round, suitable standard cuts are acceptable in orchestraltuttis, but asthe Final Round will belive-streamed, accompanistsshouldavoid disrupting the flowof the music unnecessarily. 

If the adjudicators feel that no Division competitor is suitable for advancement to the Final Round, they maychooseNOTto award a Division Prize. In this case, no one from thatDivisionwill advance. 

Contact Orchestra Management with any questions.