Concerto Competition


• Open to current members of the Symphonic Orchestra.

• Piano accompanists are NOT allowed in the Preliminary Round – A piano accompanist is highly recommended (but not required) in Final Round.

• Duration of the concerto MUST be 10 minutes or less for the audio taped audition, for the final round audition on March 7th and for the performance at the final concert, if you are the winner.

• If the concerto is longer than 10 minutes, then cuts MUST be provided and clearly marked in the scores given to the Judges, or you will be disqualified.

The competition winner will perform with TCSYO Symphonic Orchestra at the “Seasonal Splendor” Concert on May 23, 2022. Judges have the discretion to declare no winner, based upon the quality of the performances. The decision of the judges is final.


The competition takes place in two rounds. The preliminary round consists of adjudicated evaluations of recorded performances.  Application forms and audio recordings are due by February 22, 2022 (No piano accompanists allowed). 

Contestants must audition on the concerto and movement they would like to perform with the orchestra. Once an application is submitted, changes in repertoire will not be allowed.  

A limited number of candidates will be selected to proceed to the Final Round. The Final Round takes place on Monday, March 7, 2022 at Johnson Middle School at 5:30 p.m. 

Finalists will perform their selected concerti with/without piano accompaniment for a jury of distinguished musicians. Please bring 3 copies of your solo for the judges, including clearly marked cuts, if your concerto lasts over the allowed 10-minute.  Concertos must be memorized for the Final Round.


Applicants must submit a live, unedited recording of a concerto movement of no more than 10 minutes in length. The recording can be on a USB drive. Recordings with accompaniment and recordings with evidence of editing will be disqualified.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to select concerto from the standard repertoire as budget allocations for music rental are limited and are made at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

HOW TO APPLY: Send your audio recording clearly labeled with the concerto's title, composer and movement, completed application form, a $60.00 entrance fee (NON-REFUNDABLE), a letter of recommendation from your private music teacher or other professional musician, a high-resolution photo and a brief resume of musical and educational history to:

The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestras
Concerto Competition
3240 Fox Mill Road
Oakton, VA 22124

Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered by February 22, 2022.


Applicants invited to proceed to the final round will be notified by Email on or before February 25 2022. The final round takes place on March 7, 2020, 5:30 PM at Johnson Middle School Auditorium.  Finalists will perform their selected concerti with piano accompaniment (highly recommended but not required) for a jury of distinguished musicians.  Please bring 3 copies of your solo for the judges, including clearly marked cuts, if your concerto lasts over the allowed 10-minute.  Concertos must be memorized for the Final Round..

Competition winner will be notified by Email on or before March 16, 2022.  Programming of Concerto Competition performance will be at the final concert, "Seasonal Splendor" on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at Westfield High School Auditorium.


February 22, 2022 Application deadline
February 25, 2022 Notification of acceptance to Final-Round
March 7, 2022 Concerto Competition Finals at Johnson Middle School Auditoriuml - 5:30 PM
March 16, 2022 Notification of the results
May 22, 2022 Performance of Concerto Winner

TCSYO Concerto Competition Application

Please contact TCSYO office: 703-638-9328 if you have additional questions.
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