Youth Concerto Competition

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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.  Previous winners may apply only on a different instrument. 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.

2021 Concerto Competition Information


Application Deadline November 1, 2021, 11:59PM.  Students must submit an application and $40 non-refundable application fee.  An online application and separate payment link are available at the bottom of this page.  Only payments made online will be accepted. 

  • The AlphaSO Concerto Competition is open to students of piano, woodwinds, brass, and strings; grades K-12 who are residents of Georgia.  Past winners may apply only on a different instrument.


  • Music selection MUST be one movement or movements of a solo work, 6-12 minutes in length, and will be subject to the Music Director's final approval. 


  • 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.

    • Music choices must be approved by the Music Director and all pieces must have full orchestration with score and parts available through IMSLP.

  • Memorization is required for the live audition and the winner's concert.*

    • *Depending on the COVID-19 Pandemic state regulations we may hear live auditions via Zoom.​​

  • Transcriptions are acceptable with approval by the AlphaSO Music Director.

  • Application must be received by 11:59PM on November 1, 2021, and must include:

    • An online application (see link below)

    • Recommendation letter from your ensemble director or private teacher; email to

    • $40.00 non-refundable application fee via the website (see link below)

    • Audio recording of a one movement or movements of a solo work, 6-12 minutes in length with accompanist

      • Audio only - NO video please​

      • Must be submitted in MP3 format

      • Email heading should read:  AlphaSO Competition/Your Name

  • Applicants will be notified if they have qualified for the final audition (live) on November 21, 2020.  Applicants are required to have their own accompanist for the final audition on December 10, 2020.

  • The final screening audition will be held at Crabapple First Baptist Church, 12760 Birmingham Hwy, Milton, GA on December 10, 2020 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, 2020.

  • The winner(s) will perform with the Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra in concert on a date TBA.

Note:  The Concerto Competition winners are awarded solely on the basis of the applicant's demonstrated musical abilities, and availability for performance.  No consideration is given to any other factor, including the applicant's gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, or economic circumstances.  

* Due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-2021 Concert Season has not been finalized.  Dates will be selected and approved in a timely manner, as changes may occur that require postponements, cancellations and/or video recordings. Please refer to our website for more details.


Please contact Barbaraann Bongiovanni at or (678) 622-6182.


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