GTSO Concerto Competition

Next competition date TBA. West Village Concert Hall (Rm 175)

There will be no concerto competition held during the 2020-21 year.

The info below is for reference only.


Students currently enrolled in the Georgia Institute of Technology are eligible to compete. Previous winners are not eligible to compete.

Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Piano and Voice

The panel will consist of impartial musicians from the state of Georgia with expertise in strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano and voice.

Musical Compositions:
● Instrumental and Piano Competitors:
One movement, or equivalent (not to exceed 15 minutes), of a work with a legitimate orchestral accompaniment (such as a concerto).

● Voice Competitors:
A song cycle or solo operatic scene(s) with orchestral accompaniment (not to exceed 15 minutes, total).

● Double Concertos:
One movement, or equivalent (not to exceed 15 minutes), of a work with a legitimate orchestral accompaniment (such as a concerto).

● All competition music must be accompanied by a piano reduction of the orchestral score. A pianist will be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring in your own pianist. To use the onsite pianist, you must indicate it on your online registration, and submit a piano/solo score to the Music Office (Couch 109) by Tuesday January 7, 2020 at noon (12pm). There will be a short (10-15min) rehearsal with the pianist on a separate day prior to the competition date.

●  Memorization for both audition and performance is at the discretion of the performer, though it is strongly encouraged.

● Cadenzas must be performed in full.

● Applicants must provide a piano score for the judges on the day of the competition.

● Each performer and accompanist should report to the audition site at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled audition time. Performers should dress appropriately.

Selection of Winners:
Students will be judged on overall musicianship, technical proficiency, and the ability to perform comfortably with an orchestra. When choosing competition selections, the degree of difficulty should be tempered by the competitor’s ease of performance. Works selected are subject to approval by the Orchestra Director. In the case of costly repertoire, the Orchestra Director may request the student perform an alternate selection.

The winner will have an opportunity to perform the chosen selection with the GTSO during the following academic year (2020-21). Runners-up might have the opportunity to perform with the Chamber Orchestra (not guaranteed), based on the discretion of the Orchestra Director. Internship and co-ops will be taken into consideration.

GTSO Rehearsals:
Tuesday / Thursday 12:00-1:15; 6:15-7:35 pm.


You must complete the online application by  SUNDAY JAN. 5, 2020 @ 11:59PM.

For any questions, please contact Professor Chaowen Ting, Director of Orchestral Studies, at