Concerto Competition FAQ


Q: What will we be judged on?

A: Judges are looking for accurate rhythm, intonation, poise and musical maturity.  Competitors who demonstrate exceptional mastery of these elements may be selected to continue in the final round.


Q: Are there specific age limitations for contestants?
A: No. The rules require that the contestant must be in grades 9 through 12, or in the case of home-schooled students, in an equivalent curriculum program.  Any specific questions can be addressed to the competition Chair, Victoria King, at

Q: Why is there a specified repertoire list?
A: The music on the Repertoire List has been carefully selected with specific issues of availability, length, and compatibility in program building in mind. 

Q: May I request a specific audition time?
A; Yes you can with the application form. However, it may or may not be possible to accommodate your request. The competition schedule is separated into time blocks for each instrumental group. If the strings are scheduled from 10:00AM to 12:30PM, you- perhaps a cellist - may ask for 11:30AM, but not 2PM. 

Q: What are the criteria for becoming a winner?
A: The single most important criterion is a demonstrated musical ability to play at the high level associated with mature concert performance. Elements of such performing are accurate rhythm and intonation, a clear understanding and interpretation of the musical score, and the ability to perform smoothly with a collaborative entity – in this case, a piano accompanist. 

Q: Are there always one or more winners in the competition?
A: We hope so, but if the judges do not consider that any competitor has met the criteria as described above, they have the right to not select any winner(s). In this case, all the contestants would be presented with Certificates of Participation and there would be no winner concert that year.

Q: Are there any exceptions to the requirement to play from memory?
A: No.

Q: Can my parents, family and friends attend the competition?
A: Of course. The event is free and open to the public.

Courtesy dictates that audience enter quietly between performances while the judges complete their evaluation notes.


Chair Contact Information

Victoria King (315) 299-5598 option 4,

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