Concerto Competition!

The Omaha Area Youth Orchestras Concerto Competition is an opportunity to perform before a panel of judges, receive written comments and compete for one opportunity to perform as a soloist with Youth Symphony during the 2018-2019 season.

The OAYO Concerto Competition is limited to musicians who are members of the Omaha Area Youth Orchestras in BOTH the season in which they audition and the season in which they perform.  

Members may audition on any instrument and are not limited to the instrument which they play in OAYO orchestras or ensembles. Winners may audition again after three years. There is no minimum age requirement.

The Competition is designed for all instrument divisions, ie. woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings, harp, guitar and piano.  A single Competition winner will be announced.  

The Concerto Competition Finals are open to the public at UNO Recital Hall (Children under age 10 not admitted.) The public will be allowed to listen to the competition only from the last rows in the back of the recital hall and no other location in the Strauss Performing Arts building.

Repertoire  –  One movement of a standard concerto or concert piece performed from memory.

  • Entrants should consider playability of the Concerto by a youth orchestra.

  • Pieces exceeding 10 minutes will be disqualified unless approval has been given by the Music Director prior to the Competition.

  • Entrants will be given up to 10 minutes to perform at the discretion of the judges.

  • All submitted selections will be reviewed by the Concerto Committee who reserves the right to reject any titles and/or limit the number of contestants.

  • OAYO will pay up to $200.00 in rental costs for orchestral parts and score for the performance with the Youth Symphony.  Entrant will pay the remaining amounts.

Winning Performance

The winner of the Concerto Competition will perform with the Youth Symphony during the 2018- 2019 season. The winner must be available to rehearse at the Music Director’s discretion during the 2018-2019 season.  The concert that the winner performs on is at the discretion of the music director and may not always be at the same concert or venue each season.  Questions may be directed to the Music Director.

 Entry Deadline: March 5, 2018

  • Incomplete Entries will not be considered.

  • Late entries will not be accepted.

Entry process:

  1. Complete the on-line Entry Form

  2. Submit the Entry Fee of $35.00 by either paying on-line or sending a check to the OAYO office.

  3. Mail to the OAYO Office at 1905 Harney St, Omaha, Nebraska 68102:

  • A completed Teacher Recommendation Form and

  • A typed personal resume stating your musical education, teachers, performances and prizes.

Entry Fee – $35.00

Submit the Entry Fee of $35.00 by either paying on-line at the Charms website or sending a check payable to OAYO to the office.

On the day of the Competition, Entrants must:

  1. Perform the Concerto from memory

  2. Provide their own accompanist (including pianists)

  3. Provide two copies of the music with measure numbers for the judges to view during theCompetition (at least one of these must be the piano part or a full score)

  4. Be prepared to supply a full score to the Music Director upon request.

  5. Only in the event of a scheduled school instrumental music trip outside of Nebraska will an entrant be allowed to videotape their audition prior to the competition date for the judge’s consideration on the date of the competition.  

Judges’ Decision

The judges’ decision will be final. The judges reserve the right to withhold award, if, in their opinion, participants do not qualify. The winner shall receive neither fees, nor broadcasting rights for their performance with the Omaha Area Youth Symphony.

2018-2019 Concerto Competition Entry Form:

Download the Teacher’s Recommendation Form:

Submit Payment for the Entry Fee by sending a check with the application or by calling the OAYO Office to pay with a credit card.