Wesleyan University || Music Department


Spring 2015



  • Open to all undergraduate and graduate Wesleyan students, playing any musical instrument in a piece that can be accompanied by a string/chamber/symphony orchestra or a wind ensemble. Both original compositions and published transcriptions/arrangements are acceptable.
  • Up to three soloists/groups of soloists will be selected to be featured in public performance with Wesleyan University Orchestra or Wesleyan Wind Ensemble.
  • Winners in three categories: strings, woodwinds/brass, percussion/voice/keyboard. Not awarding one (or more) distinctions is an option. 
  • Repertoire: a movement (movements) of a concerto, a concert aria, a concert piece, etc. All performance materials, including scores and parts, must be available (for either rent or purchase) in the United States.
  • Not more than 15 minutes of music. No set minimum duration.
  • Memorization is not required.
  • All participants must be enrolled in private lessons program. The teacher approves the repertoire selection and coaches the student/accompanist in preparation for the competition.
  • For performers of double/triple concertos, at least one of the soloists must be taking lessons, with an agreement that the teacher will be able to devote lesson time to coach all soloists involved in that particular performance.
  • In case the soloist plays an instrument for which no private lessons are offered on Wesleyan campus, coaching arrangements will be made with ensemble instructors or other faculty members in the music department.
  • The music department will provide each participant with one/two hours of rehearsal time with an accompanist prior to the competition, depending on the complexity of the piece.
  • All participants must be available – or be ready to become available – on Monday and Wednesday nights after the Spring Break, for rehearsals with the orchestra. Tuesday nights for wind ensemble.
  • Application deadline February 5th, 2015 at 5:00pm (end of drop/add).
  • Competition: the week of March 2nd, 2015.
  • Results announced on Friday, March 6th.
  • Performance: May 2, 2015(Orchestra) or May 5, 2015 (Wind Ensemble).
  • Jury: TBA (one private lesson teacher in each category, ensemble directors, one guest musician).

Click here for the Concerto Competition Application

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