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).


Choral Music

The Conductor

Dr. Stephen Tucker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Music, Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine, and the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Riverside Lyric Opera Company.

Upcoming Performances