(Above: 2017-2018 winners.)

2018-2019 Concerto Competition

Wednesday, September 26, 2018: 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.
Thursday, November 1, 2018: 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.
Friday, November 2, 2018: Results of competition semifinals will be posted on the first floor orchestra bulletin board.
Monday, December 3, 2018: 6:30 p.m.- 10:00 p.m. Final round concerto competition with area faculty judges, held in Mills Concert Hall.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018: Concerto competition winners announced. These students will perform as soloists with the UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra “Symphony Showcase” on March 18, 2018.
Shortly thereafter: The publicity office will request current biographies and photographs. As time permits, we may schedule a date for a formal photograph, probably the week of December 11. Send to kesposito@wisc.edu
Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.: “Symphony Showcase” Winners Solo Recital with the UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra, held in Mills Concert Hall. A reception will follow the concert.
Tickets $12.00 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 2018-2019
-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 and making satisfactory progress.
-Graduate students with dissertator status and registered for 3 credits may compete.
-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.
-Students must have an accompanist for the competition finals. 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/)
-During competition finals, student performances are allowed a maximum of 10 minutes performance time.
-Concerto competition winners are allowed up to 20 minutes for the final concert (“Symphony Showcase”). 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.
-The number of students chosen to perform on the concert is determined by the time restrictions of the concert.
Best wishes!

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