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This competition focuses on a different instrument family each year. For 2019 all wind and brass players are invited to participate.

Announcing the 2019 Concerto Competition Winners!

First place: Joshua Flores and Sooah Jeon
Second place: Semin Kang
Third place: Daniel Choi


First Prize: Performance with the 92Y School of Music Orchestra, $500 cash prize
Second Prize: $250 cash prize and solo recital with piano
Third Prize: $150 cash prize and solo recital with piano


Preliminary Round: Video submission due by January 28, 2019
Submit one movement for video or YouTube link

Semifinal Round: February 16, 2019
Prepare full concerto — Jury will ask for one or more movement

Final Round: February 17, 2019
Prepare full concerto performed with piano accompaniment

First-Prize Winner Concert: May 5, 2019
Perform concerto with orchestra

Second- and Third-Prize Winners Recital: June 16, 2019
Perform recital with piano accompaniment

Applicants will be notified by email if invited to the semifinal round.

Preliminary Round and Semi Final Round Jury

Yana Stotland
Debbie Schmidt
Tomo Matsuo
Kyle Landry

Final Round Jury

Richard Deane – Acting Principal Horn, New York Philharmonic
Carol Wincenc – Flute Faculty, Juilliard School of Music
Edward Yim – President, American Composers Orchestra
Stanley Drucker – Stanley Drucker, Clarinetist, New York Philharmonic (1948-2009)
Tomo Matsuo – Music Director, 92Y School of Music Orchestra

Requirements for Eligibility
  • Applicant must be 17 or under by February 18, 2019.
  • Applicants must be prepared to perform the concerto in its entirety.
  • Applicant must provide his/her own accompanist. (Students may not audition without one. 92Y has a list of recommended accompanists).
  • Applicant must provide a score for the jury at the time of the competition.
  • Applicant must be able to play a different piece for the concert if the music director deems the audition piece inappropriate for the 92Y School of Music Orchestra.
  • Applicant must be able to attend rehearsal with the orchestra on a specific date to be determined, the dress rehearsal on the day of the concert and additional rehearsals stipulated by the music director.
  • Application must be postmarked by the application deadline and received in completed form with a $50 application fee made payable to 92Y School of Music.
  • Application fee is waived for 92Y School of Music students. To participate in School of Music programs, visit us here.
  • If invited to the semi-finals students must be available on for both semi-final and final rounds. Please only apply if the performer is available for both.

Standard concerto or work with orchestral accompaniment from the Baroque, Classical or Romantic periods with instrumentation that is appropriate for chamber orchestra (no harp, large percussion section, etc.) and duration of 30 minutes or less. 92Y School of Music Orchestra concerts generally adhere to a chamber orchestra size at 40 players. Applicants are permitted to audition on works for any size orchestra; however, the winner may be asked to prepare a different piece that could be performed with a chamber size orchestra. If you are unsure whether a specific concerto is appropriate for this competition, please email 92Y School of Music.

To Apply

Standard Application
92Y School of Music Students Application ($50 fee waived)

For more information, contact the School of Music at 212.415.5580 or email.

Learn more about 92Y’s School of Music here. Learn more about the 92Y Orchestra here.

Previous Winners of the Concerto Competition

2018 (string students)

1st place – Laura Navasardian
2nd place – Ian Maloney
3rd place – Esme Arias-Kim and Sara Yamada

2017 (piano students)

1st place – William Chen
2nd place – Lucas Amory
3rd place – Adrian Romoff

2016 (wind and brass students)

1st place – Benjamin Edelson
2nd place – Helen Zhao
3rd place – David Valderrama

2015 (string students)

1st place – Kit Ying Chen
2nd place – Kenta Nomura
3rd place – Typher Yom

News about the centennial of the School of Music Orchestra and the Concerto Competition in Our Town here.

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