2019 Concerto Movement Competition

The Palo Alto Philharmonic is pleased to announce a Concerto Movement Competition for performance of instrumental and vocal works with orchestral accompaniment.  The purpose of the competition is to recognize outstanding talent and provide an invaluable learning experience to music students.  The competition is underwritten by J. W. & H. M. Goodman.

The work to be submitted will be a movement of a concerto or other concert piece for soloist and orchestra, between approximately 5 to 15 minutes in length.  Solo sonatas or pieces for which orchestral parts are not readily available are not eligible.  Applicants must be greater Bay Area students, 18 years of age or younger, who have not yet graduated from high school as of December 31, 2018. 

Applications are no longer being accepted for the CMC 2019 competition. 

Audition videos will not be used for any other purpose other than the CMC competition, except with the express permission of the applicant.  Videos can be removed or deleted, at the applicant’s discretion, after the date of the Live Auditions, unless the applicant is selected as a competition winner.

A group of finalists will be selected for Live Auditions on Saturday, February 23, 2019 between 9:30 AM and 4:00 PM at the Palo Alto Art Center, located at 1313 Newell Road in Palo Alto.  Finalists will perform the same piece at the live audition that was submitted with the application.  Each finalist must provide an accompanist to play the piano reduction of the orchestra score.  Three photocopies of the piano score with measures numbered at the beginning of every line must be supplied to the Judges.  Winners will be announced by March 11, 2019.

Winners will perform their chosen works with the Palo Alto Philharmonic in a concert on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 3:00 PM in the Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA.  Winners must be available for rehearsals on the following dates: 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 and dress rehearsal on 5/17 (all rehearsals start at 7:30 PM).  IMPORTANT: Please check your schedule and MAKE SURE these dates are available before you submit an application, including the 2/23/19 Live Audition, the five rehearsals listed above, and the 5/19/19 concert.  None of these dates can be altered for any applicant.

Though memorizing is encouraged, sheet music may be used for audition and performance.  The decision of the judges is final, and will be based solely on the quality of the musical performance presented.

For additional information or questions about the competition or the orchestra, write us at info@paphil.org, call the Palo Alto Philharmonic at (408) 395-2911, or visit our web site at www.paphil.org.