The Greater Miami Youth Symphony is pleased to announce this season’s
Concerto Competitions at the Steinway Piano Gallery, Coral Gables.

October 13, 2017 3:00PM to 8:30PM
Piano Concerto Competition open to middle school and high school pianists.

October 14, 2017 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Symphony and Concert Orchestra Instrument Competition open to GMYS instrumentalists only.

2017-2018 Concerto Competition Guidelines

Please read all guidelines carefully.

All Competitors:

  • Only one movement of a concerto from the standard repertoire will be performed.
  • The performance time will be assigned.
  • The concerto must be performed from memory.
  • Competitors must audition with an accompanist.
  • Competitors must provide their own accompanist.
  • All competitions will take place at the Steinway Gallery, Coral Gables, FL. GMYS and the Steinway Gallery cordially invites the general public to attend all competition sessions.
  • Each winner will receive an appearance in the Holiday Gala Concert on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Wertheim Performing Arts Center, Florida International University with the GMYS Symphony Orchestra or Concert Orchestra.
  • The Piano Concerto and Symphony Concerto competition winners will receive a $250 scholarship.
  • All questions must be directed to the Concerto Competition Committee at: auditions@gmys.org. Please do not call the GMYS office staff with questions or performance time requests.

Eligibility:

  • There will be three Competitions this season.
    • The Piano Concerto Competition is open to middle school and high school pianists ages 12-18, living in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach or Monroe counties.
    • The Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition for all orchestral instruments, excluding piano is open to GMYS Symphony Orchestra students only.
    • The Concert Orchestra Concerto Competition for all orchestral instruments, excluding piano is open to GMYS Concert Orchestra students only.
  • All members of the Symphony Orchestra and Concert Orchestra in good standing are eligible to audition.
  • Winners from the 2016-2017 Concerto Competitions are not eligible.

Application Requirements

Piano Applicants Only:

  • Piano applicants must choose a movement of a concerto from the following composers: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Gershwin, Grieg, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saens, Schumann, Shostakovich or Tchaikovsky.
  • The applications for this competition can be found at: www.notegarden.com. Students (or their parents using student’s name) should create a user ID and password and register for the competition through this site. A non-refundable application fee of $35 for GMYS students and $50 for non-GMYS applicants will be collected through Notegarden.
  • To complete the application for the piano competition, all piano applicants must upload a link to a four minute digital prescreening video recording of their concerto movement through Notegarden. The video recording may be an excerpt or segment, provided it is approximately four minutes in length, and must be from the same movement played in the live competition. The applicant’s video recording must have occurred no earlier than six months before the filing of the application. The prescreening video does not require accompaniment. A professional video is not required, but the audio quality must be clear. Video recordings must not be edited in any way.
  • Audio only recordings are not acceptable and will be disqualified with no refund of application fee.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications can be submitted until 11:59PM, September 30, 2017. Application fees are not refundable.
  • Up to eight piano finalists from the preliminary application and digital video submissions will be chosen and notified via email by Monday, October 2, 2017.

GMYS Students Only

  • GMYS students must have their chosen piece approved by the conductor of the Symphony Orchestra, and Concert Orchestra individually who shall be the sole judge of whether or not the work is available and can be performed successfully by the Symphony Orchestra and Concert Orchestra respectively.
  • GMYS students are not required to submit a digital prescreening video recording.
  • The applications for this competition can be found at: www.notegarden.com. Students (or their parents using student’s name) should create a user ID and password and register for the competition through this site. A non-refundable application fee of $35 for GMYS students will be collected through Notegarden.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications can be submitted until 11:59PM, September 30, 2017. Application fees are not refundable.

Competition Day All Competitors

  • Competitors who arrive after their assigned time may not be allowed to perform. Please plan to arrive early and warm up in the space provided at the Steinway Gallery.
  • Competitors may not exchange times with other contestants.
  • Competitors must bring two copies of their music for the judges.
  • Before performing, the competitor should announce the name of the work to be performed.
  • The competitor may be asked to stop if their concerto movement is longer than 10 minutes. Judges have the right to stop any performance at any time.
  • Please dress appropriately. This is a competition. No jeans or sneakers.
  • All decisions of the judging panel are final.
  • There are no refunds given for applicants who do not attend the competition or wish to withdraw.
  • Winners will be notified by email following the competition.

Winners

  • The selected winners will perform during the Holiday Gala Concert, December 9, 2017 at Wertheim Performing Arts Center, Florida International University.
  • The Piano Concerto Competition and Symphony Concerto Competition winners will play with the Symphony Orchestra.
  • The Concert Orchestra Concerto Competition winner will play with the Concert Orchestra on that date.
  • The Piano Concerto Competition winner must be available to work with the conductor and rehearse with the Symphony Orchestra at the following rehearsals prior to the concert:
    • Sunday, November 19, 2017
    • Sunday, December 3, 2017
    • Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the dress rehearsal preceding the concert.
  • The Symphony Orchestra rehearses at the University of Miami on Sunday afternoons from 2-5PM. If there is a conflict, an earlier Sunday may be possible. Request for alternate rehearsal times must be arranged as soon as possible.
  • The Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition winner will rehearse with the Symphony Orchestra during their regular Sunday rehearsal.
  • The Concert Orchestra Concerto Competition winner will rehearse with the Concert Orchestra during their regular Sunday rehearsal.
  • Competitors’ parent/guardian shall agree to allow GMYS to use information about the competitors including names, personal biographies, photographs, and a recording of the concerto performance in promotional and publicity materials, web pages, Facebook posts, as well as on grant and other applications in support of GMYS and its activities.