2024 Collegiate Concerto Competition

The Collegiate Concerto Competition, sponsored by the Butler County Symphony Association, will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2024, at Swope Music Hall, Slippery Rock University. Musicians will audition for a panel of judges, and one winner will be chosen to perform as a soloist with the Butler County Symphony Orchestra.

COLLEGE STUDENTS: Apply to audition for scholarship money and the chance to perform with the BCSO. The Competition is open to instrumentalists, pianists, and vocalists who are high school graduates, not exceeding 25 years of age, and are residents within a 25-mile radius of the city 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.)

The Application Form is due on December 15, 2023

Thomas Bachert – 2023 Collegiate Concerto Competition Winner

Thomas is a saxophonist and aspiring educator. From Pittsburgh, he is a graduate of North Hills High School. Bachert currently attends Slippery Rock University for Bachelor’s degrees in Saxophone Performance and Music Education. There, he is actively involved in many organizations and ensembles, including the wind ensemble and jazz ensemble. He recently performed with his saxophone quartet, the ARC Quartet, at the International Saxophone Symposium in Fairfax, Virginia. As a member of the Slippery Rock University Jazz Ensemble, he has been featured on commissioned recording projects and will be performing at various jazz festivals in Italy and France in July 2023. This is Bachert’s orchestral and soloist debut.