Concerto Competitions

NOTE: Both Concerto Competition application periods are now closed for the 2020-2021 season. 

Alaska Youth Orchestras hosts 2 annual concerto competitions.
1. AYO Piano Concerto Competition (open to all Alaska residents age 9-21)
2. AYS Concerto Competition (open to current AYS musicians, grade 11 or above)

Scroll down for the rules and applications for both competitions.
Review the rules carefully before applying.

AYO Piano Concerto Competition Rules

Piano Concerto Competition Rules – click for print version

IMPORTANT DATES
Oct, 1, 2020, 11:59 pm Online application deadline (you are encouraged to enter as early as possible)
Jan. 1, 2021, 11:59 pm Competition Video Recording due (11:59PM) (submit via YouTube link)
About May 1, 2021 Winner Performs in AYS Season Finale Concert (exact date TBA)

Alaska Youth Orchestras will hold a piano concerto competition, the winner of which will perform with the AnchorageYouth Symphony in our Season Finale concert on or around May 1, 2021.

Rules for Piano Competition
1. All decisions of the judges are final.
2. Eligibility: The piano concerto competition is open to anyone who is a resident of the State of Alaska and between ages 9 and 21 years, at the time of the competition.
• You are not eligible if you are a previous winner of the AYO Piano Concerto Competition
3. Repertoire: The concerto to be performed must be pre-approved by Mr. Weeda. Fill out the application form on the website. If Mr. Weeda determines that the concerto will not work, you may submit another concerto for approval within a week. Note the deadline for submission! See the pre-approved repertoire list below.
• You will prepare the fast (usually first) movement of a concerto – with cadenza if present. See the repertoire list (on website) for more guidance.
• If the concerto has cadenzas, perform all cadenzas during the competition as well as performance.
• You are allowed to compete with only one solo in each piano competition.
• This is a solo competition: with the exception of your accompanist, no multiple player piano concertos are allowed.
4. Application: The purpose of the application is to make sure the repertoire you choose will be appropriate for the orchestra. All prospective competitors need to submit an online application by the due date: Oct. 1, 2020.
5. Accompanist: You must include a live (not pre-recorded) accompanist for the competition video. Your accompanist may make judicious cuts in the orchestral (non-solo) passages.
• The concerto (not the accompaniment) should be memorized for both the competition and performance.
6. Competition: The Competition will take place via unedited video submission. Note video due date: Jan. 1, 2021. Recordings sent after the deadline will be disqualified.
• Your submission should have good sound quality and clearly show your stage deportment. Set the camera a little to stage right so that the judges can see the keyboard. Example: https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-iba-1&hsimp=yhs-1&hspart=iba&p=prokofiev+piano+concerto+no+3+movement+1#id=5&vid=e99991d2d33a41598db67e2a65dfb2be&action=view.
• Competition videos must be submitted via YouTube link to ed@alaskayouthorchestras.org. The video may be uploaded as “unlisted” to maintain privacy, but can not be uploaded as “private” which would prevent us from viewing the video.
7. If you win:
• You will be minimally required to attend the last three rehearsals prior to the concert in person, in Anchorage, AK (normally on Mondays from 4:00-6:45pm)
• You will perform only the work with which you competed. No substitutions will be allowed.
• You may not perform the same work with another Anchorage/MatSu area orchestra during the same concert season. However, you may perform your solo with a school ensemble.

Piano Competition Repertoire – Pre-approved List
The following repertoire includes approximate timing for each work. Consult with Music Director for substitutions or alternate repertoire (md@alaskayouthorchestras.org). If you choose from this list, you still need to submit an application. All works on this list are first movements, unless otherwise noted. Please submit your selection by filling out and sending the online application as soon as possible.

Johan Sebastian Bach
Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052                     8:30
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466                           14
Concerto No. 21 in C major, K.467                           15
Concerto No. 23 in A major, K.488                           11
Franz Joseph Haydn
Concerto No. 4 in G major, Hoboken XVIII: 4          9:30
Concerto No. 11 in D major, Hoboken XVIII: 11      7
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15                  18:30
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19            16
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37                  17:30
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major                               18:30
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73            20
Felix Mendelssohn
Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25, 1st movement OR 2nd and 3rd movements (1st: 7)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40, 1st movement OR 2nd and 3rd movements (1st: 8)
Frederic Chopin
Piano Concerto No. 1 in e minor, Op. 11                   20
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21                  15:30
Robert Schuman
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54                            14
Edvard Grieg
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16                           12
Camille Saint-Saëns
Piano Concerto No. 4 in C minor,                              13
Op. 44:  2nd & 3rd Mvts
Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op 23            21:30
Sergei Prokofiev
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26                  9:30
Dimitri Shostakovich
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, op. 102

AYS Concerto Competition Rules

AYS Concerto Competition Rules – click for print version

IMPORTANT DATES
Oct.1, 2020, 11:59 pm                        Online Application Deadline
Nov. 15, 2020, 11:59 pm                    Competition Video Recording Due (submit viaYouTube link)
About Mar. 2, 2021                             Winner Performance with AYS at Winter Concert (exact date TBA)

One AYS Concerto Competition winner will be chosen to perform with the Anchorage Youth Symphony during the AYS Winter Concert to be held around March 2, 2021. The exact date will be announced ASAP.  The winner will be expected to rehearse with AYS several times prior to the concert and should be prepared to do so at any rehearsal during winter quarter.

 Rules for AYS Concerto Competition
1. Eligibility: The AYS Concerto Competition is open ONLY to current AYS musicians in 11th grade or above during the current season. (Proof of academic status may be requested)
– Previous AYS Concerto Competition Winners not eligible to compete again.
– Participants are expected to compete on the same instrument they play in AYS unless approval from the Music Director is granted BEFORE the application deadline.
– Participants may compete in both AYO Concerto Competitions (AYS and Piano) if they meet the eligibility rules of both.
– The same participant MAY win both AYO Concerto Competitions
Repertoire:  The concerto to be performed must be pre-approved by Mr. Weeda.  Fill out the application form on the website. If Mr. Weeda determines that the concerto will not work, you may submit another concerto for approval within a week. Note the deadline for submission! See the pre-approved repertoire list below.
– You will prepare the fast (usually first) movement of a concerto – with cadenza if present.  See the repertoire list below for more guidance.
– If the concerto has cadenzas, perform all cadenzas during the competition as well as performance.
– Participants MUST perform their piece memorized (without music).
– Participants may only compete on only one piece for the AYS Concerto Competition.
– Pieces should be about 10 minutes in length. Participants may be allowed (pending approval) to perform two movements FROM THE SAME WORK if both movements together total 10 minutes – with approval of the Music Director prior to the application deadline.
Application: The purpose of the application is to make sure the repertoire you choose will be appropriate for the orchestra. All prospective competitors need to submit an online application by the due date – Oct. 1, 2020.
Accompanist: You must include a live (not pre-recorded) accompanist in the competition video. Your accompanist may make judicious cuts in the orchestral (non-solo) passages.
– The concerto (not the accompaniment) should be memorized for both the competition and performance.
– Accompanists are not judged and may make judicious cuts to orchestral portions of the accompaniment
Competition: The Competition will take place via unedited video submission. Note video due date: Nov. 15, 2020. Recordings sent after the deadline will be disqualified.
– Your submission should have good sound quality and clearly show your stage deportment. Set the camera so that the judges can see you playing your instrument fully. Example: https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-iba-1&hsimp=yhs-1&hspart=iba&p=prokofiev+piano+concerto+no+3+movement+1#id=5&vid=e99991d2d33a41598db67e2a65dfb2be&action=view.
– Competition videos must be submitted via YouTube link to ed@alaskayouthorchestras.org . The video may be uploaded as “unlisted” to maintain privacy, but can not be uploaded as “private” which would prevent us from viewing the video.
If you win:
     – You will be expected to rehearse with AYS several times prior to the concert and should be prepared to do so at any regular AYS rehearsal during winter quarter.
– You will perform only the work with which you competed. No substitutions will be allowed.
– You may not perform the same work with another Anchorage/MatSu area orchestra during the same concert season. However, you may perform your solo with a school ensemble.
All judge’s decisions are final.
For questions, call 907-538-6406 or email: md@alaskayouthorchestras.org.

AYS Concerto Competition Pre-Approved Repertoire List
(All concerto selections must be submitted for approval – including those this list)

 Flute
CPE Bach         Concerto, D minor
Boccherini        Concerto, D major
Chaminade       Concertino
Haydn              Concerto, D major
Mozart             Concerto No. 1 in G major K. 313 Mozart
Concerto No. 2 in D major K. 314
Telemann         Suite, A minor
Vivaldi             Concerto No. 2, G minor, Op. 10
Vivaldi             Concerto No. 3 in D major, Op. 10
Vivaldi             Piccolo Concerto, C major, (P. 78 or P. 79)
Oboe
Cimarosa          Concerto, C minor
Handel             Concerto No. 3, G minor
Haydn              Concerto, C major
Marcello          Concerto, C minor
Mozart             Concerto, C major, K. 314
Telemann         Concerto, D, E, or F minor
Clarinet
Mozart              Concerto, A Major, K. 622 (last movement)
Spohr               Concerto, C minor, Op. 26
Weber              Concerto No. 1, F minor Op. 73
Weber              Concerto No. 2, Eb major, Op. 74
Weber              Concertino, Eb major, Op. 26
Harp
Dittersdorf        Concerto, A major
Handel             Concerto No. 6, Op. 4, Bb major
Bassoon
Mozart             Concerto, Bb major, K. 191
Vivaldi             Concerto, P. 70, A minor
Vivaldi             Concerto, P. 137, E minor
Vivaldi             Concerto, La Notte, Bb minor
Weber              Concerto, F major, Op. 75
Weber              Andante and Hungarian Rondo, Op. 35
Horn
Dukas               Villanelle
Haydn              Concerto No. 1, D major
Haydn              Concerto No. 2, D major
Haydn              Concertino, D major
Mozart             Concerto 1-3 (not 4!)
Telemann         Concerto, D major
Trumpet
Böhme             Concerto, Op. 18
Haydn              Concerto, Eb major
Hummel           Concerto, E major (note key)
Neruda             Concerto, Eb major
Telemann         Concerto, D major
Torelli              Concerto, D major
Trombone
Albrechtsberger Concerto
Handel             Concerto in F minor
Tuba, Percussion
Consult with AYS Music Director
Violin
Bach, J.S.         Concerto in A minor
Bach, J.S.         Concerto in E minor
Bruch               Concerto in G minor (1st movement)
Haydn              Concerto in G major
Haydn              Concerto in C major
Mozart             Any Concerto plus the Rondo in C major
Viola
Bruch               Romanze
Handel             Concerto in B minor (arr. Cassadesus)
Hoffmeister      Concerto in D major
Stamitz, J.         Concerto in G major
Stamitz, K.       Concerto in G major
Telemann         Concerto in G major
Cello
Bach, C.P.E.     Any concerto
Bach, J.C.         Concerto
Boccherini        Concerto in Bb major
Haydn              Concerto in D major
Haydn              Concerto in C major
Popper              Hungarian Rhapsody
Bass
Bottesini           Concerto in B minor
Dittersdorf        Concerto in E major
Dragonetti        Concerto

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