Concerto Competition

The Eighth Annual Sonoma State University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition will take place on April 2, 2023 at 7:30pm in Schroeder Hall.

To apply for the competition, please fill out the application form provided below and submit it to Dr. Alexander Kahn via email by Friday, March 3, 2023, at 5pm.

The winner(s) of the competition will be announced via email by Monday April 3. Winner(s) will be invited to perform in concert with the SSU Symphony Orchestra during the 2023-24 concert season.

See below for the competition rules. 

How To Apply to the Concerto Competition

In consultation with your private teacher, please fill out the Concerto Competition Application Form.  Participants should provide 1 copy of the score (orchestral score preferred; piano reduction acceptable), or a link to an online copy of the score, to Dr. Kahn along with their application form. 

Concerto Competition Rules

-The competition is open to Music Majors and Minors at Sonoma State University and all registered members of Sonoma State Music Department ensembles.
-Concerti can be for single soloists or multiple soloists (concerti grossi, double concertos, duets, etc).
-Arias, concert songs, and song cycles are all welcome provided they were originally written with orchestral accompaniment. 
-Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with Dr. Kahn for help in choosing an appropriate work before submitting an application.
-Memorization is preferred but not mandatory.
-Applicants will be assigned an accompanist by the department.
-Lengthy tutti sections should be omitted.

The committee reserves the right to choose several winners or not to choose anyone.
Winner(s) must be prepared to attend rehearsals and concerts as arranged with the Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra during the 2023–2024 concert season.


Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

Past Winners of the Concerto Competition:

2016: Megan Rice, saxophone, Glazunov Concerto for Alto Saxophone and String Orchestra; Zachary Hall, trumpet, Arutiunian  Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra

2017: Jamelia Brown, soprano, Strauss arias for soprano soloist and orchestra; Spencer Causey, French horn, Mozart Concerto No. 2 for Horn and Orchestra

2018: Brynn Dally, cello, Saint-Saens Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra ; Spencer Causey, French horn and John Mayer, trombone, Telemann Concerto for Two Horns

2019: Nick Maritz, piano, Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (featured in video above)

2020: Sungdu Bae, flute, Carl Reinecke's Concerto for Flute and Orchestra

2021: Matthew Bowker, Jacques Ibert Concertino for Saxophone; Isabella Grimes, Mozart Concerto for Flute and Orchestra

2022: Hikaru Hallberg, Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2