Concerto Competition

Guidelines for the Divison of Vocal Studies Preliminary and Final Rounds:

  1. Before signing up to compete, you must receive permission from your studio teacher.  The deadline to sign up to sing in the preliminary round is Friday, September 16th at noon.  To request to sing, fill out the Departmental Performance Request Form and list 9/23 as the recital date.  If you have a class conflict, email Professor Fillmore as soon as possible in order to increase the likelihood that any special time request can be accommodated. 

  2. Each singer may sing up to 5 minutes in the Division-level rounds.

  3. A preliminary round judged by the voice faculty will be held on Friday, September 23rd, 2022, 11:00 - 11:50 a.m., 1:00 - 1:50 p.m., 2 - 2:50 p.m. in MU 230.  The voice faculty will judge by ballot, ranking their top five participants 5 to 1 (with 5 being the best) and submit a list of 7-8 singers for the Division Final Round to be held on Tuesday, September 27th at 3:00 pm in Voertman Hall.  The Division Final Round will be adjudicated by an outside judge who will select 3 finalists for the College of Music Final Round.  Those three finalists will take part in a master class with the judge immediately following the announcement of those finalists.    

  4. Both graduate and undergraduate students who are qualified may compete.  A student must be enrolled in applied voice lessons as a Vocal Performance Major (BM, MM, or DMA), GAC-Voice candidate, GAC-Opera candidate, Voice Concentration (BM), or as a student pursuing a Related Field in Voice.  

  5. Students who have completed all degree requirements in a previous semester will not be allowed to compete even though they may be enrolled in voice.

  6. Students may not enter with repertoire previously performed by that student with orchestra in a UNT performance, e.g., UNT Opera, regardless of change of status or degree program.

Guidelines for the College of Music Final Round:  

The finals of the Fall 2022 College of Music Concerto Competition will take place in Winspear Hall of the Murchison Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, October 4th, from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. All finalists and all accompanists must be available for this entire time period. No special scheduling requests allowed. 

All information about finalists, names of accompanists, title of concerto movement etc must reach Dr. Clay Couturiaux by 7:00 PM THURSDAY September 29th.  

Performance time onstage -9 minutes. 

Approximately 6-7 winners will be selected by a panel of outside judges, for performance with the Concert Orchestra on  Monday, February 6th, 2023 at 7:30 PM. 

Concerto Competition Guidelines:

The number of finalists altogether from all performance areas shall not exceed 18. This allows each finalist a maximum of 10 minutes on stage, and means that the final round will last for 3 hours. Each performance area should determine its own timeline and procedures for reaching their designated number of finalists.
Woodwinds: 3
Voice: 3
Percussion, guitar, harp: 3 altogether
Keyboard: 3 (1 organ, 2 piano. If there is no organ finalist, then piano may have 3).

Students may compete with one movement of a multi-movement work; the entirety of a one movement single work, or multiple movements of a multi-movement work as long as the combined total duration is preferably no longer than 10 minutes.  In addition to the level of performance, factors which may be considered when choosing the winners include length of entire program or difficulties involved (rehearsal time) in preparing a student orchestra and a student conductor to perform a given work. Memorization is required unless it is in the tradition of the instrument to perform as a soloist from score. Students competing in the finals with music will be presumed to have such a performance approved by their department or division, 

Finals are performed with piano accompaniment ONLY. 

Students who have been past winners of the competition are ineligible to compete as a soloist, regardless of any change in status or degree program. Previous solo winners may compete as part of a double (or other multiple) concerto as long as at least one entire academic year has passed since the student’s previous performance with the orchestra. 

All finalists must submit the Concerto Competition Materials Acquisition Form to the Orchestral Studies Office as soon as they are selected as finalists, but no later than the day of the competition finals. This form is available at Concerto Competition/Orchestral Studies/College of Music/

The purpose of this form is for the Orchestra Librarian to determine if the score already exists in the Library and if not, to be able to order it along with parts in time for rehearsals to begin. Additionally, scores and parts which may at one time have been in the library might be missing or might be so old as to no longer be in good condition for rehearsals and performances.