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 AlphaSO in March of the subsequent year.

Important Dates

*Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the live dates have 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 check back with our website for updates.

  • Application (including Audio Recording) Deadline: Monday, November 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm

  • Notification: Sunday, November 21, 2021

  • FINAL "Live" Audition:  Thursday, December 16, 2021 (TBD)

  • Concert with the AlphaSO:  Saturday, March 5, 2022 (TBD)


***PLEASE remember that you will need an accompanist for the final audition on Thursday, December 16, 2021.



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.  Barbaraann Bongiovanni, Coordinator, will send your selection to the Music Director for 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 artistic director and all pieces must have full orchestration with score and parts available through IMSLP for use by the philharmonic.


  • 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 11:59 pm on Monday,November 1, 2021 :

    • an online application AlphaSO Concerto Competition 2021-22;

    • recommendation letter from your ensemble director or private teacher;

    •  $40.00 non-refundable application fee via the website;

    • 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

      • Email everything to Alpha

  • Applicants will be notified on Sunday, November 21, 2021 if they have qualified for the final audition (live).

  • Applicants are required to have their own accompanist for the final audition on Thursday, December 16, 2021.

  • The final screening audition will be held at:

    • TBA: on Thursday, December 16, 2019 from 7-9PM*

    • 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 at the Alpharetta Symphony website on December 19, 2021. 

    • The winner(s) will perform with the Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, March 5, 2022.


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.


Please contact our Education Director, Barbaraann Bongiovanni, at or (678) 622-6182.

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