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A maximum of 2 students will be selected to perform with the Symphonic Orchestra at the final concert of the Season. 1 from the SO and 1 from the CO. Judges have discretion to decide to select only one winner, or 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 and teacher recommendations. Application materials and recordings are due by February 15, 2019.  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 4, 2019 at Schlesinger Concert Hall. Finalists will perform their selected concerti without piano accompaniment for a jury of distinguished musicians. Piano accompanists are NOT allowed in the Final Round.  Please bring 3 copies of your solo for the judges, including the proposed cuts if your concerto lasts over the allowed 10-minute.  Concerto must be memorized.

NOTE:  Duration of your concert MUST be no more than 10 minutes
for each round and at the performance.

Competition winner(s) will perform with TCSYO Symphonic Orchestra on June 2, 2019 at the Allegro & Old Lace Concert at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall


Applicants must submit a live, unedited recording of a concerto movement of no more than 10 minutes in length. The recording must be in compact disc format (CD, CDR. CDRW, etc) and playable on any standard CD player or computer disc drive. Recordings with accompaniment are strongly discouraged.
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, a $40 entrance fee, a letter of recommendation from your music teacher or other professional musician, a high-resolution photo, a brief resume of your 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 15, 2019.


Applicants invited to proceed to the final round will be notified by Email on or before February 19, 2019. The final round takes place on March 4, 2019 at Schlesinger Concert Hall.  All finalists must be available to participate without exception.  Finalists are required to perform the entire movement from their concerto and it must be memorized.

Competition winners will be notified by Email on or before March 8, 2019.  Programming of Concerto Competition performances will be at the final concert of the 2018-19 season on June 2, 2019 at Schlesinger Concert Hall


February 15, 2019  Application deadline
February 19, 2019 Notification of acceptance to Final-Round
March 4, 2019 Concerto Competition Finals at Schlesinger Concert Hall
March 8, 2019 Notification of the results
June 2, 2019 Performance of Concerto Winners

TCSYO Concerto Competition Guidelines TCSYO Concerto Competition Application

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