40th Annual Concerto Competition

The College Division Concerto Competition, sponsored by the Butler County Symphony Association, will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at Swope Music Hall, Slippery Rock University. Musicians will audition for our judges, and one will be chosen to perform as soloist with the Butler County Symphony Orchestra.

Competition Timeline:
-Application deadline: Friday, December 28, 2018
-Finalists notified via e-mail: Friday January 11, 2018
-Audition date/time/location: Sunday, January 27, 2019, 1:00PM-4:00 PM, Swope Music Hall, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA
-Winner Announced: Sunday January 27, 2019 at the conclusion of the competition
-Perform with the Butler County Symphony Orchestra: Sunday April 14, 2019 @ 3:00PM
-Winner will receive $400 prize at the conclusion of the performance on Sunday April 14, 2019.

To apply for the competition, follow the link below to the google form application. Please be sure to read all rules and regulations, as anyone not following them will be subject to disqualification. 


Winner receives $400 and will perform with the Butler County Symphony Orchestra on Sunday April 14, 2019 at 3:00PM.

The Competition is open to instrumentalists and vocalists who are high school graduates, not exceeding 25 years of age, and are residents within a 25-mile radius of Butler, OR any non-resident student currently attending Allegheny College, Clarion University, Geneva College, Grove City College, Indiana University of PA, Slippery Rock University, Thiel College, or Westminster College. (Residents may be attending a school in any location.)

Orchestral instruments, piano, and voice, are acceptable. Instrumentalists should prepare a movement from a concerto, or a piece of music with orchestral accompaniment. Vocalists should prepare 3-4 arias or part of a song cycle with orchestral accompaniment. Time limit for all soloists is 15 minutes. Orchestral accompaniment MUST be available to order by the Butler County Symphony Orchestra. Musician must provide his/her own accompanist for the audition.

If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the Concerto Competition Coordinator, Heather Helsel, at hnhelsel@gmail.com

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