Princeton University Orchestra Concerto Competition

Princeton University Orchestra Concerto Competition
sponsored by the Princeton University Orchestra provides solo student artists with a chance to perform in concert with a full orchestra on the renowned Richardson Auditorium stage. The deadline to register this year's competition is Friday, December 13, 2019.
Competition Requirements
  • Preliminary Round: Friday, January 10, 2020, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Final Round: Sunday, January 12, 2020, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Winner’s Concerts: Friday & Saturday, March 6 & 7, 2020
  • Application Deadline: Friday, December 13, 2019

There are three conditions that you must fulfill in order to enter the competition:  

  1. You must be currently enrolled as a student at Princeton University.
  2. You must be active in the musical life of the university community in one of the officially recognized ensembles (i.e. an orchestral or chamber music player, or a member of a choral group).
  3. You must present a signed statement from your private teacher to the effect that you will be able to successfully perform your proposed work in public.

Repertory: Pre-1800 or Post-1945

The preliminary rounds consist of 15 minute slots, and the judges can ask for any section of your concerto. No more than six finalists will be selected; each will have a maximum of 30 minutes in the final round.

The winner from the previous year may not apply. Performing from memory is preferable, but not required. You must provide your own accompanist. 

The conductor of the University Orchestra will screen all applications.   The judges will be distinguished members of the Northeastern musical community, and their decision is final. 

Deadline for all applications, without exception, is December 13, 2019. You must prepare the entire concerto for the preliminary round. SIGN UP

Any questions should be directed to Michael Pratt