Concerto Competition


Concerto Competition
Give yourself the opportunity of performing
as a soloist with the UCDSO!

Competition Date

Friday, March 15, 2024 • 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts


The winner will perform a concerto movement as a soloist with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra on our June 1, 2024, concert.

Rules and Regulations

In order to apply, students must be members of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra at the moment of auditioning. The winner must also be a member of the orchestra at the moment of performing the concerto (with the sole exception of a graduating student).

Students who sing or play an instrument that is not normally part of the orchestra may also apply (i.e., piano, voice, saxophone, guitar) and are accordingly exempted from the requirement of being a member of the orchestra.

Students must prepare one (only one) movement of their choice of a concerto for a soloist and orchestra (or for more than one soloist and orchestra, if they are applying as a group). If selected as a winner, the movement performed at the audition will be the same one performed at the Prize Concert.

Maximum length of the chosen movement should be approximately 10–12 minutes.

All applicants must provide their own accompanist. (All auditions must be accompanied.)

Any repertoire is accepted. However, there are some suggestions for some instruments, which could be taken as a reference for all instruments.

Violin: Bruch, Violin Concerto in G Minor; Beethoven, Romances; Prokofiev, Concertos; Mozart, Concertos; Mendelssohn, Concerto in E Minor.

Viola: Hummel, Fantasie; Stamitz, Viola Concerto; Hindemith, Trauermusik.

Cello: Bruch, Kol Nidrei, op. 47; Faure, Elegy, op. 24.

Piano: Mozart, Piano Concertos; Beethoven, Piano Concertos; Schumann, Piano Concerto; Grieg, Piano Concerto.

Flute: Chaminade, Concertino; Foss, For Toru.

Oboe: Mozart, Oboe Concerto; Hummel, Oboe Concerto.

Clarinet: Debussy, Première rhapsodie; Weber, Concertino for Clarinet in E-flat, op. 26, or Clarinet Concertos.

Bassoon: Weber, Concerto; Elgar, Romance.

Voice: Mozart, “Bella mia fiamma, addio… Resta, o cara!” or Mozart, “Un bacio di mano”

(These are only suggestions—applicants and their teachers are strongly encouraged to consult with the Music Director of the UCDSO about the practicality of performance before beginning work on their choices.)

All applicants must perform the movement of their choice by memory.

All applicants must bring 3 (three) copies of the music they will be performing for the Jury.

Signing Up

All applicants must fill out the following application form, have it approved and signed by their instrument teacher and leave it at the Main Music Office (Room 112, Music Building) to the attention of Prof. Baldini by March 7, 2024 by 3 pm.

Judging Panel

The panel will consist of two faculty members from the music department, as well as the music director of the UCDSO.

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