Youth Concerto Competition
About the Annual Youth Concerto Competition
Each year the Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra hosts a Youth Concerto Competition in the fall. The competition is open to students of piano, woodwinds, brass, and strings, grades K-12, who are residents of Georgia. Winners of the competition are invited to perform as guest soloists with the orchestra at their "Solos of Spring" concert held in March of the subsequent year.
2019 Concerto Competition Information
Application Deadline: November 1, 2019. Students must submit an application and $40 non-refundable application fee via mail to Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 5003, Alpharetta, GA 30023. An application is available at the bottom of this page (see PDF).
Auditions are limited to one movement of a solo music selection which is 12 minutes or less in length. The concerto movement must have the following orchestration or less: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani, 1 percussionist & strings. Memorization is required for both the auditions and the winner's concert.
Transcriptions are acceptable with approval by the AlphaSO Director, Dr. S. Eric Hawk:
Preliminary auditions, with accompaniment, must be submitted via YouTube video link on or before November 1, 2019. The email heading should read "AlphaSO Youth Concerto-(your name)" and be emailed to AlphaSOYouth@gmail.com. Applicants will be notified if they have qualified for the final live audition on November 21.
Applicants are required to have their own accompanist for the preliminary audition and for the final audition. The final screening audition will be held at Crabapple First Baptist Church, 12760 Birmingham Hwy, Milton, GA on December 12, 2019 from 7-9:00PM. The same piece must be played for both auditions.
Applicants must have one original score and must provide three (3) copies of their music selection for the judge's use. These may be photocopied.
Judges may elect to choose a single winner, several winners, or no winner. All judge's decisions are final.
Winners will be announced via email and on the Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra website on December 14, 2019.
The winner(s) will perform with the AlphaSO in concert on March 8, 2020 at the Crabapple First Baptist Church.
To download an application and a summary of the above information, click the PDF below.