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 must be submitted online by December 31, 2018. 

Successful completion of the online application will require proof of payment of the non-refundable $40 application fee, and a URL of the recorded audition performance, posted on YouTube (or equivalent).  The recorded performance should not be edited in any way, and must be of the solo instrument alone, NOT accompanied by piano or any other instruments.

Please check carefully that the audition video includes high-quality audio, and that the video will play cleanly within any standard web browser.  Passwords should be avoided, but videos can be otherwise marked private and/or undiscoverable so long as they are immediately accessible with the URL link supplied with the application.  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.

We encourage all interested musicians to apply online by following the instructions at www.paphil.org/CMC.  The application, non-refundable $40 fee, and URL link for the YouTube video audition must be submitted by December 31, 2018.

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.