L-R: Shuk-Ki Wong; Matthew Lee; Anna Polum; Matthew Onstad; Biffa Kwok. Photograph by Hannah Olson.

Winners of the 2016-2017 Concerto Competition: L-R: Shuk-Ki Wong, piano; Matthew Lee, violin; Anna Polum, voice; Matthew Onstad, trumpet; Biffa Kwok, violin. Photograph by Hannah Olson.

2017-2018 Concerto Competition

Friday, September 29, 2017: Applications due via online form only. Preliminary competition is scheduled by each area. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain their audition time with sponsoring faculty.
Monday, October 30, 2017: Deadline for each area to submit to the orchestra office the names of no more than three students, and the name of the area representative who will serve as a judge at the final competition. The percussion area submits only one name. Ties and similar issues are resolved by the members of the area.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017: Results of competition semifinals will be posted on the first floor orchestra bulletin board.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017: 6:30 p.m.- 10:00 p.m. Final round concerto competition with area faculty judges, held in Mills Concert Hall.
Thursday, December 7, 2017: Concerto competition winners announced. These students will perform as soloists with the UW Symphony Orchestra on March 18, 2018.

Shortly thereafter:  The PR office will request current biographies of winners, and will schedule a date for a formal photograph, probably the week of December 11.

Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.: “Symphony Showcase” Winners Recital with the UW Symphony Orchestra, held in Mills Concert Hall. A reception will follow the concert.

Tickets $10.00 adults over 18; free to children and UW-Madison students (please show ID).
Buy tickets here.

Questions? Please contact Barb Mahling mahling@wisc.edu, (608) 263-1891.

Competition Guidelines 2017-2018

-Competition is open to students registered full-time at UW-Madison.
-Full-time is defined as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are registered for at least 12 credits. Graduate students must be enrolled in a degree program making satisfactory progress.
-Graduate students with dissertator status and registered for 3 credits may audition.
-Students competing must be enrolled in a Mead Witter School of Music auditioned ensemble during both semesters of the academic year that they are competing in. Graduate students with dissertator status are exempt from this requirement.
-During competition, student performances are allowed a maximum of 10 minutes’ performance time. During the final concert, winners are allowed up to 20 minutes. Our reference is the David Daniels’ Orchestral Music book.
-Students may not perform as soloists in the concerto concert (“Symphony Showcase”) two years in a row.
-Students must have an accompanist for the audition. A UW-Madison faculty member may not accompany. A list of available accompanists will be posted on the first floor orchestra bulletin board (across from Room 1322) and online (www.music.wisc.edu/current-students/)
-The number of students chosen to perform on the concert is determined by the time restrictions of the concert.
Best wishes!