Concerto Competition

This event is open to students of MTAC San Diego Branch member teachers. 

DATES: February 2 & 3, 2019
LOCATION: University of San Diego, Shiley Theatre (click for event map)

For the competition, students perform one complete movement of any published work for soloist and orchestra. The student provides his or her own accompanist, making sure the accompanist is someone other than the student’s teacher. Divisions are created for the judging by age categories, with three divisions for piano, one division for winds, and two for strings. The feature that creates such excitement for this event is that each of the first place winners from each division performs with an orchestra in the spring or early summer. This is a rare event for most young musicians and is an experience that will stay with them the rest of their lives.


  • Open to students of MTAC San Diego Branch members in good standing, as well as students of Contributory Members who have joined the San Diego Branch and paid their Contributory Member dues on or before December 8, 2018.
  • Students must have studied at least 6 months continuously with entering teacher at the time of registration.
  • The entering teacher must be the primary teacher who regularly teaches the student for the majority of lessons, in the instrument for which the student is enrolled.



Division I - Piano (through age 11)
Division II - Piano (12-14 years old)
Division III - Piano (15-18 years old)
Division IV - Wind Instruments (through age 18)
Division V - String Instruments (through age 13)
Division VI - String Instruments (14-18 years old)

Judges may select a First, Second and Third Place winner from each division. The First-Place winners will perform with an orchestra in the San Diego area during the spring or early summer. Second-Place winners are considered alternates. Winners and Honorable Mentions will be announced immediately following the completion of each division. Judges' decisions are final. Awards will be presented to all winners at that time. Each contestant will receive a Certificate of Participation after his/her performance.


  • Each contestant is given 10 minutes maximum.
  • Orchestral parts must be played on a second piano.
  • Teachers cannot accompany their own students.
  • Applicants must provide judges with an original copy of music to be performed. Photocopied scores are not permitted. Downloaded copies should have an accompanying bill of sale. Any contestant presenting photocopies will automatically be disqualified.
  • No previous first place winner can compete in the same division. No winner can compete with the same
    concerto in a different division.
  • Families and teachers of contestants are welcome to attend the auditions.


  • One complete movement of a work for soloist and orchestra. Please keep in mind that Twentieth-century concertos by
    composers such as Barber, Bartok, Prokofieff and Scriabin may be too difficult for the accompanying orchestra.
  • All performances must be from memory.
  • Parents and teachers are asked to sign the application, verifying that all information is accurate. No changes in repertoire may be made after the deadline.

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