Concerto Competition

Competition Requirements



  • Competitors must be full-time students at UCI (Music majors and non-majors).
  • Previous year’s winners are ineligible.
  • Instructor signature required for all applications, to ensure all entries are appropriate and competitors are prepared.


  • Selected work must be at least 12 minutes in length and be performed in the original key and language.
  • Competitors must perform the entire work from memory.


  • All competitors must provide his/her own accompanist.
  • Competitors are advised to check the availability of their accompanist before submitting the application.


  • A panel of faculty or guest musicians will be selected by the department.
  • Faculty members whose students are competitors will not be chosen.

Selected Competitors

  • One copy of the score or piano reduction must be provided to the judges.
  • Competitors must be prepared to perform the entire work, from which the jury may ask selections (the jury may stop competitors at any time).
  • Judging is based on musicianship, thorough knowledge of the composition, technical proficiency, expressivity, and stage deportment.
  • Winners must be deemed ready and able to perform with the orchestra, with limited rehearsal time.

How to Apply

  • Complete: 
    • Concerto Competition Application
    • If working with an accompanist, include their availability on the application.
    • Complete ALL fields; incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Submit Applications To: 
    • Music Office:  Drop off applications at MM 303, or submit by email.
  • Application Deadline: 
    • Friday one week before the competition date
    • Application Deadline & Competition Date changes year to year; the current dates are on the application.

Competition Schedule                

  • Competition times are assigned by the Conductor.
  • Once the schedule is posted, assigned competition times are final.
  • The schedule will be posted on the Monday after the application deadline, outside MM 315 (Conductor’s office).