2019-2020 Concerto Competition

We are pleased to announce the finalists for 2019-20 Concerto Competition:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019-20 Concerto Competition:

Sarah Brailey (voice)
Brian Gnojek (clarinet)
Midori Samson (bassoon)
Brett Wagner (piano)

Mary Mixter was the composition winner for her original piece “Timpanogos.”

Winners will perform with the UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, April 5 at 7:00pm in the Mead Witter Foundation Concert Hall. Find out about tickets!

Congratulations to all who took part in the competition!



Friday, October 4.  Online applications due by midnight

Monday, October 7.  Performing Orgs staff will send a list to each of the six area chairs with application data.

Between October 8 and November 6, areas will conduct first-round auditions. It is every area’s responsibility to conduct first-round auditions and the students’ responsibility to obtain their audition time with their area faculty.

Tuesday, October 15: Deadline for woodwinds and strings area chairs to submit names and contact information for outside judges to Performing Orgs staff.

Thursday, November 7: Deadline for area chairs to submit to Performing Orgs staff the names of student finalists and area judges.

Friday, November 8: Performing Orgs staff post the names of finalists on the first-floor orchestra bulletin board; Assistant Director to post on the concerto competition webpage.

Monday, December 2: Public final round of the concerto competition, 6:30-10:00 pm, Mead Witter Concert Hall, Hamel Music Center

Tuesday, December 3: Performing Orgs staff post Concerto Competition winners.

Sunday, April 5: Concerto competition winners perform with the UWSO in concert, 7:00 pm, Mead Witter Concert Hall, Hamel Music Center

*Please note that composition students who wish to be part of the competition should complete an intent form. The composition competition will follow a different timeline and guidelines.  

Competition Guidelines 2019-20

  1. The 2019-2020 UW-Madison Concerto Competition is open to students registered at UW-Madison during both semesters of the academic year they are competing in and majoring in music at UW-Madison with the exception of previous winners pursuing the same degree. 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 and making satisfactory progress. Graduate students with dissertator status and registered for 3 credits may compete as well. 
  2. Concerto competition winners are allowed up to 20 minutes for the final concert.
  3. The number of students chosen to perform in the concert is determined by the time restrictions of the concert.
  4. Every participating area (strings, woodwinds, brass, keyboard, percussion, voice, composition) will decide the configuration of its committee for the preliminary round. Percussion will propose up to one finalist. For the other areas it will be: up to 2 finalists for up to 40 students, up to 3 for more than 40 students
  5. Students must provide an accompanist for the final round. 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/)
  6. The final round committee will be comprised by one faculty member representative from every area in the department, the UWSO conductor also representing the conducting area, and two outside judges proposed by two different areas every year in a rotating cycle. The rotation will be: Year 1: Strings and Woodwinds, Year 2: Keyboard and Brass, Year 3: Perc and Voice. UW-Madison faculty members whose students are finalists may not be members of this committee.
  7. At the final round every student is allowed up to one 10 minute performance.
  8. The winners of the concerto competition will perform with the UWSO on the 4/5/2020 concert in the Hamel Music Center.