Ensemble Coordination-Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Guidelines
Guidelines for the UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition
1. The UW-Madison Concerto Competition is open to full-time students majoring in music from all areas (brass, jazz, keyboards, strings,percussion, voice, woodwind) at UW-Madison, with the exception of previous winners pursuing the same degree. Full-time is defined as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are registered for at least 12 credits. Graduate students must be enrolled in a degree program and making satisfactory progress. Graduate students with dissertator status and registered for 3 credits may compete as well.
2. Students are required to compete with substantial complete works for soloist/s and orchestral accompaniment as defined by each area.
3. Every participating area (strings, woodwinds, brass, piano, percussion, voice) will decide the configuration of its committee for the preliminary round. After the preliminary round, every area committee may propose up to the following number of finalists based on the number of students per area:
Percussion will propose up to one finalist. For the other areas it will be: up to 2 finalists for up to 40 students, up to 3 for more than 40 students.
4. Students must provide an accompanist for both rounds of the competition. A UW-Madison faculty member may not accompany. Click here for a list of available accompanists.
5. The final round committee will be comprised of one faculty member representative from every area in the department, the UWSO conductor representing also the conducting area, and two outside judges proposed by two different areas every year in a rotating cycle. The rotation will be: Year 1(‘20,’23,’26…): Strings and Woodwinds, Year 2(‘21, ‘24, ‘27…): Keyboard and Brass, Year 3(‘22, ‘25,’28…): Perc and Voice. UW-Madison faculty members whose students are finalists may not be members of this committee.
6. At the final round every student is allowed up to one 15 minute performance which must feature all the different sections and movements of the work.
7. Up to three winners will perform the complete work in different UWSO concerts during the Spring or Fall semesters.
8. The committee will also choose up to two finalists who will perform a run-through of their works with the Instrumental Conducting Lab Ensemble in the Spring or Fall semester.