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Concerto Competition

Concerto CompetitionUT School of Music full-time students currently enrolled in applied lessons are eligible for this juried competition for a solo instrumentalist or vocalist to perform with the University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra.


Applications are available in the School of Music office (117 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center).

  • Friday, January 19, 2018 – deadline to return completed application to the School of Music office by 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 12:40 p.m.– Concerto Competition Preliminaries (if necessary)
  • Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 12:40 p.m.– Concerto Competition Preliminaries
  • Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 3 p.m. – Concerto Competition Finals
  • Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 4 p.m. – “Concertos and Classics” Concerto Competition Concert



  • Applications must be submitted to the Main Office on JANUARY 19, by 5 p.m. Applications submitted after that date WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
  • The application MUST be physically signed by your applied instructor. No exceptions.


  • All Concerto Competition applicants must be accompanied by a pianist for BOTH the preliminaries and finals.
  • Each contestant is required to provide his/her own accompanist for the audition and must pay the accompanist’s fee by January 23 or 25.


  • Only currently enrolled full-time UT students studying with an applied faculty member in the UT School of Music may enter the competition.
  • Each entrant may enter only ONCE in the competition.
  • Winners from the previous year’s competition are not eligible to enter this year. (Winners who performed in March 2015 are eligible again to enter; last year’s winners who performed in March 2017 must wait another year until 2019)


  • A single movement from a concerto for instrumental soloist(s) and orchestra, or single movement/aria for voice(s) and orchestra. There is no time limit on a single selection that has a clear ending (i.e.: one that does not segue to another movement). This category also includes complete works with self-contained multiple parts, like Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Psalm and Fugue, Theme and Variations, or Recitative and Aria, for example.
  • Any piece for instrument/voice and orchestra with multiple movements or sections, totaling no more than 12 minutes. Multiple concerto movements, song cycles/song collections, suites, for example.
  • Orchestral parts must be readily available for purchase (MUCH preferred) or rental.
  • Please address questions concerning suitability of repertoire in advance with Professor James Fellenbaum:


  • Auditions schedule will be EMAILED by January 22 or 24. It is your responsibility to note the time of your performance.
  • Concerto Competition Preliminaries will be held on January 25 (and January 23, if there are many competitors, and the faculty needs the extra judging time) during the 12:40-1:55 p.m. class time (or longer, if needed), in various locations in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. These will be coordinated and announced by area: keyboard, instrumental, string, and vocal.
  • Concerto Competition Finals will be held on January 28 on the James R. Cox Stage, beginning at 3 p.m. Please check in at the second floor registration table 15 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
  • Please provide TWO photocopies of the musical score with measure numbers marked every 10 measures, for both the Preliminaries and Finals.
  • The Finals jury consists of qualified professionals representing string, instrumental, keyboard, and vocal areas. It will make its selection based upon its opinion of the best performances, regardless of performing medium/area. The jury has the right to hear the entrants’ selection in its entirety, or to stop the performer at any time. The decision of the jury is final. Results will be emailed by Monday, January 29, 2018 to all entrants.
  • Winners must be available for rehearsals with the University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra a minimum of 2 rehearsal weeks prior to the concert date: MWF, 1:25-3:20 p.m.

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