Young Artist Concerto Competition

The Liberty University Symphony Orchestra (LUSO) is pleased to announce the 2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition. The competition will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, at Liberty University beginning at 9:00 a.m. Time slots will be assigned after application is received. Auditions will take place in the brand new concert hall located in the Center for Music and the Worship Arts.

The competition is open to young musicians (instrumental and vocal), ages 12-18 (non-college students). The winner of the competition will have the opportunity to perform with the Liberty University Symphony Orchestra (LUSO) during the Spring 2018 concert series. The winner’s concert is scheduled for Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.


Eligibility

  • All instruments, including strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, harp, and voice, are welcome to audition.
  • Applicants should be 12 to 18 years old as of the competition date (non-college students).
  • It is not required that applicants be from Virginia. Musicians from throughout the region are encouraged to apply.

Music Requirements

Acceptable works for competition include:

  • Single movements of concertos, single movement works for solo and orchestra, or arias written between 1700 and 1850. Exceptions may be made, but must be approved by the audition committee prior to the competition. 
  • Voice applicants are welcome to audition with arias or solo works that fit the time requirements.
  • Works should be between 5-20 minutes in length

All applicants must have their works pre-approved for competition by the competition committee. Pre-approval will be given upon receipt of the completed application form. This step is required to ensure feasibility of performance by LUSO with regard to personnel, music procurement and preparation. Rental works are not eligible for competition.


Competition Rules

  • Music must be memorized.
  • Accompaniment is required and must be arranged for by those auditioning. Accompanists will not be provided.
  • Ten minutes will be allotted to each contestant’s audition. Cuts in longer works are permissible and will have no negative impact on the judge’s evaluation. Mark any cuts clearly in the scores (i.e., orchestra tutti). 
  • Applicants must present two copies of the score for use by the judges (photocopies of public domain publications are permissible). These will be returned. Please number your measures and mark cuts.

Winner/Awards

Winners will be selected based upon the determination of the judges as follows:

  • 1st Place – $1,000 and a performance with LUSO
  • 2nd Place - $500
  • 3rd Place - $250

The first place winner will have the opportunity to perform with the Liberty University Symphony Orchestra during the Spring 2018 concert series. The winner’s concert is scheduled for Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. The judges will also designate 2nd and 3rd place finalists. In the event a suitable winner cannot be determined, the judges reserve the right to declare no winner. All competitors will receive written comments from the judges.


Contact

Contact the Liberty University School of Music at som@liberty.edu or call (434) 592-6568.