Concerto Competition

Current 2018-2019 Concerto Competition Rules: 

(1) The FINALS for the COM Concerto Competition will take place on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2018, beginning  at  6:00  p.m.  in  the  Winspear  Hall.    The winners’  concert  with  the  UNT  Concert Orchestra will be MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019.

(2)  All  semi-finalists  must  thoroughly  complete  the  following  “Concerto  Competition  Materials  Acquisition” form(found  on  the  following  page),  and  return  it  to  the  Orchestral  Studies  office, in  order  to  be  allowed  to compete in the finals, if chosen as a finalist.

(3)  As  competition  repertoire,  students  are  to  perform  either  one  movement  of  a  multi-movement  work,  the entirety  of  a  single  movement  work,  or  multiple  movements  of  a  multi-movement  work  in  which  the  selected movements’ combinedduration is, preferably, less than 10 minutes.  A selection of more than 10 minutes is not a  disqualifying  or  score  reducing  issue,  but  students  are  highly  encouraged  to  avoid  extremely  lengthy selections as such selections may diminish the chances of being included in the final concert.

(4)  In  order  to  achieve  the  highest  possible  level  of  fairness,  students  are  discouraged from  selecting works/movementsin excess of 10 minutes duration (or single movements that are substantially in excess of this length).    Students  choosingsuch lengthy repertoire  who  are  then  selected  as  competition  winners  wouldfunctionally  exclude  the  participation  in  the  concert  of  the  greatest  number  of  qualified  winners.In  addition, repertoire may be excluded from the winners’ concert based on the difficulty of the orchestral material, and in consideration  of  limited  rehearsal  time,  the  participationof  student  conductors,  and  the  needs  of  other  student soloists.

(5) In order to be fair to all students, divisions/departments are asked to adhere strictly to the following limits for finalists: Woodwinds 5; Brass 5; piano 5; strings 5; voice 5; percussion 3; organ 2; guitar 1; harp 1.

(6) Students who have been past winners of the competition (as a solo performer) may not compete again as a soloist, regardless of any change in status or degree program.  However, previous (solo) winners may compete as partof a double (or other multiple) concerto, as long as at least one entire academic year has passed since the student’s previous successful attempt.

(7)  All  students  performing  on  instruments  whose  concerto  repertoire  is  traditionally  performed  from  memory in professional performance should compete and perform from memory.This decision is left to the discretion of applied faculty in the student’s division and/or department.  Students performing in the finals with music will be presumed to have such performance approved by their department/division.

(8)  The  finals  are  performed  with piano  accompaniment  only.    Finalists  should  not  bringother  performers  on stageas further accompanying forces, as this provides an unfair performance advantage.

(9) Students  must  not  only  be  enrolled  as  active  degree-seeking  students  during  the  semester  in  which  the competition takes place (Fall 2018) but must also be of similar status in the semester in which the concert takes place (Spring 2019).

(10)  In  selecting  repertoire,  students  should  be  mindful  of  the  fact  that  the  work’s  artistic  and/or  educational value (in the opinion of the jury) may be taken in to consideration when selecting competition winners​

Additional Guidelines for the Vocal Division Preliminary Round.

  1. A single judge will be invited to judge during the Departmental time on October 2, 2018.  A maximum number of 5 students will be sent forward to the College finals. 
  2. All selections must be substantial in length, including orchestral introductions, interludes, and postludes (greater than 5 minutes in length is suggested, but no more 10 minutes will be allowed.)
  3. Both graduate and undergraduate students who are qualified may compete.
  4. 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.
  5. Students may not enter with repertoire previously performed by that student with orchestra in a UNT performance, e.g., Opera Theater, regardless of change of status or degree program.
  6. Division Faculty may choose different genres of repertoire to be the focus from year to year for the Competition, e.g., song repertoire, oratorio repertoire, operatic repertoire, etc.