Precollege Concerto Competitions

Concerto competitions are held annually in various categories. Winners appear as soloists with one of the orchestras in a public concert in John C. Borden Auditorium. 

Concerto Competition Categories and Applications

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1. Concerto competitions are open to students who are enrolled at Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division and have attended for a period of at least one year.  Students may enter one concerto competition per academic year on their primary instrument only.  Students must be in good standing in their classes.  Poor attendance, lack of punctuality and/or poor grades will result in ineligibility.

2. An official concerto competition entry form, available online, must be signed by the primary teacher and submitted by the deadline for each competition. It is recommended that students and teachers consult the approved repertoire list well in advance of the deadline for submissions. 

3. A list of approved repertoire is available here. Request for additions to the approved list may be made and approved by the Dean in advance of the concerto application deadline.  Approval is dependent upon several factors, including but not limited to: approval by the private teacher, jury grades, attendance, and appropriateness of current size and personnel of orchestras. 

4. All competitions require preparation of one movement only.  Exceptions for through-composed pieces are indicated on the approved repertoire list.

5. Music for all instruments must be memorized. The only exception will be for groups of three or more performers. 

6. Concerti performed in the previous two academic years are not acceptable for competition entry.  These concerti are indicted on the approved repertoire list with a “strikethrough” and have the performance date indicated.

7. The Precollege Division reserves the right to add or remove repertoire from the approved concerto list based on the size and personnel of the current Precollege orchestras.  The approved repertoire list is published each spring for the upcoming academic year.

8. Each competition requires a minimum of five entries in order to run. 

9. Although every attempt is made to schedule students for performances in the academic year in which they won, some students may be assigned to perform in the following academic year.  Students must perform the movement with which they won the competition.

Any student who has won a Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition may not compete again in that category, and must wait for two full years to enter in another category.