2017–2018 OSSCS Concerto Competition

Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers are pleased to announce the 2017–2018 Concerto Competition. The purpose of the contest is to encourage professional development of gifted young musicians and provide an opportunity to perform on a subscription-series concert with an orchestra. The soloist will work closely with the music director and will receive a professionally edited recording of the performance.

Application Process

Important Dates

Rules & Regulations

  1. The competition is open to middle- and high-school musicians studying music with a professional teacher in King, Snohomish, Pierce, Island or Kitsap County.
  2. All applications and fees must be received by December 1, 2017.
  3. An impartial panel of judges will be selected and approved by Clinton Smith, OSSCS music director. The panel of judges will recommend who will perform with the orchestra based on the best overall musical performance. A maximum of one winner will be chosen in consultation with the music director. Artistic, logistic and financial considerations of the orchestra will be taken into consideration. All decisions are final.
  4. All movements submitted as an entry (including cadenzas) must be prepared in their entirety.
  5. Each contestant will audition with a composition or portion of a composition that they are prepared to perform with Orchestra Seattle. The concerto movement(s) to be performed shall not exceed 15 minutes.
  6. All contestants (including pianists) must provide an accompanist at their own expense for the audition. Two pianos will be provided at the audition site.
  7. All contestants must provide the panel of judges with three copies of musical scores of the prepared movement(s) at the time of the audition.
  8. Competition auditions shall be limited to eight minutes. Necessary cuts should be made carefully so that the judges have the opportunity to evaluate the most important segments. Students should consult their teachers in making the best possible cuts for their audition. If the entry represents more than one movement, each movement must be represented in the audition. Performances will be stopped at eight minutes.
  9. Memorization is strongly recommended but not required.
  10. The winner will be announced by Monday, December 18, 2017.
  11. The winner, if any, must be available to perform in concert on February 3, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. and attend rehearsals as agreed upon between the winner and conductor. The rehearsal schedule is as follows, although the winner and the conductor will determine which rehearsals will be necessary for the orchestra and soloist to work together:

January 3, 7:30 p.m., Shorecrest High School
January 10, 7:30 p.m., Shorecrest High School
January 17, 7:30 p.m., Shorecrest High School
January 24, 7:30 p.m., Shorecrest High School
January 31, 7:30 p.m., Shorecrest High School
February 2, 7:30 p.m., First Free Methodist Church (dress rehearsal)
February 3, 7:30 p.m., First Free Methodist Church (performance)


Please direct any questions to: concerto@osscs.org

2014–2015 Winner Marie Leou

Watch and listen to excerpts from the dress rehearsal with Marie Leou, winner of the 2014–2015 competition: