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Purpose

The Peabody Preparatory’s Concerto Competition Day provides developing students with a unique learning experience of competing for the opportunity to perform as a featured soloist with one of the Preparatory’s large ensembles. Competition winners will perform on the Preparatory’s newly created Peabody Preparatory Concerto Concert held in early spring. The opportunity to perform as a soloist with a large ensemble is an experience like no other, and one that we are proud to be able to provide for our students.

2021-2022: Peabody Wind Orchestra will be holding their competition in January (not during the Concerto Competition Day). PSE will not be holding a Concerto Competition this year. 

Dates

Performances Peabody Preparatory Concerto Concert (combined PYO, YAO, PWO): Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 4pm in Friedberg Concert Hall.*

* The winner of the 20-21 PWO Concerto Competition will perform on this concert. The Winner of the 21-22 PWO Concerto Competition will perform on the spring concert on May 

PSE: Not Applicable

Competitions Young Artists Orchestra
Date:
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Time: 12-3pm (time may be reduced depending on amount of applicants)
Hall:
Goodwin Hall
* This year is a closed competition (no audiences permitted)

Peabody Youth Orchestra
Date:
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Time: 3:30-6:30pm (time may be reduced depending on amount of applicants)
Hall: Goodwin Hall
* This year is a closed competition (no audiences permitted)

Peabody Wind Orchestra
Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022
Time: 1-4pm (time may be reduced depending on amount of applicants)
Hall: Cohen-Davison Family Theatre
* This year is a closed competition (no audiences permitted)

Preparatory String Ensemble
Canceled this year (2021-2022)

Deadlines for Entries PYO & YAO: Friday, November 5, 2021 by 11:59pm

PWO: Friday, January 7, 2022 by 11:59pm

PSE: Canceled this year (2021-2022)

Eligibility

  1. Eligible students may either be enrolled in private lessons AND/OR enrolled in one of Peabody Preparatory’s Large Ensembles.
  2. Students who are only enrolled in the Preparatory’s large ensemble program must be currently enrolled, in good standing, and have been enrolled for at least one year prior to the competition year.
  3. The winner of each section must be available to participate in all orchestral rehearsals leading up to the performance.
  4. Eligible Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion students may enter both the PWO and PYO competition in the same year, however, students must select different repertoire for each competition.
  5. Winners of the PYO competition may not enter again in the same competition.
  6. Winners of the YAO or PWO competitions are prohibited from entering the same competition the following year but may enter in future years.
  7. If a student enters as part of a double concerto, they may not also enter as an individual. If a double concerto wins the PYO or PWO competition, the student members may enter as soloists in the following year.
  8. If a double concerto wins the YAO competition, the student members may enter as soloists two years later in the same competition.
  9. All competition repertoire MUST be approved by the large ensemble conductor prior to entry. Conductors, in consultation with the Director of the Preparatory, reserve the right to exclude an entry based on the educational and instrumental appropriateness of the accompaniment for the ensemble.
  10. Performers must provide their own accompanist for the competition.

Additional Information

Preparatory String Ensemble (PSE) Concerto Competition

PLEASE NOTE: The PSE Concerto Competition has been canceled for the 2021-2022.

Age Eligibility: Must be age 14 or under as of February 15 of the year of the performance.

Instrumentation: Violin, Viola, and Cello.

Repertoire: Must have string orchestra accompaniment. Accepting the following pieces or similar:

  • Violin: Vivaldi Concerto in A minor or G minor or music similar to book 4 and 5 in Suzuki repertoire.
  • Viola: Music similar to book 4 in Suzuki repertoire.
  • Cello: Chanson Triste, or other music similar to book 4 in Suzuki repertoire.

Scores: Students must provide one original copy of their music (solo or piano part) for the judges. (Additional photocopies are requested, but not required for each individual judge.) Clearly mark beginning entrances, and all tutti cuts to assist the judges.

Competition Time Limits: 7 minutes

Memorization: Required

Questions?  General: Victoria Ritter (vritter1@jhu.edu).  Repertoire: Hana Morford (hmorfor1@jhu.edu)

Young Artist Orchestra (YAO) Concerto Competition

Age Eligibility: Must be age 14 or under by February 15 of the year of the performance.

Instrumentation: Brass, Guitar, Harp, Piano, Strings, and Woodwinds.

Repertoire: Must have string orchestra accompaniment. One movement from a Baroque concerto. Early Classic era concertos with string accompaniment may be considered with permission of the conductor. Late Classic (including late Mozart), Romantic, or Contemporary era works are not permissible.

Accompaniment should be manageable by an intermediate level string orchestra with no more than 3 sharps or 3 flats. When in doubt, faculty should check with the YAO conductor.

Accompanist: Performers must provide their own accompanist for the competition.

Scores: Students must provide a PDF of their music (solo or piano part) for the judges. Clearly mark beginning entrances, and all tutti cuts to assist the judges.

Competition Time Limits: 10 minutes

Memorization: Required

Questions? General: Victoria Ritter (vritter1@jhu.edu). Repertoire: Daniel Levitov (dlevito1@peabody.jhu.edu)

Peabody Youth Orchestra (PYO) Concerto Competition

Age Eligibility: Through grade 12, or age 18; may not have graduated from high school.

Instrumentation: Piano, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Harp, and Guitar.

Repertoire: Must have orchestral accompaniment. Complete concerto for soloist(s) and orchestra. Students should memorize all movements and be prepared to stop as requested by the judges.

Accompanist: Performers must provide their own accompanist for the competition.

Memorization: Required

Competition Time Limits: 15 minutes of curated music from the entire concerto will be performed. Each performance must be curated in advance by the teacher ensuring the student’s performance will be uninterrupted. Must include selections from each movement, and 1 major cadenza.  

Scores: Students must provide a PDF of their music (solo or piano part) for the judges. Clearly mark beginning entrances, and all cuts to assist the judges.

Repertoire List for PYO Concerto Competition

This is only a general guide. When selecting repertoire, take into consideration not just the orchestration involved, but the level of difficulty of the orchestra parts. Make sure you know the instrumentation of the piece you select (for instance, we always have harp students but that doesn’t mean we can cover every harp part). Every year can bring dramatic changes to the strengths and weaknesses of the orchestra. If there is any question in your mind check with Maestro Chaowen Ting.

Violin

  • Beethoven
  • Bruch, G minor
  • Dvorak
  • Haydn, Nos. 1, 2
  • Mendelssohn, E minor
  • Mozart, Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Mozart, Sinfonie Concertante (violin & viola)
  • Prokofiev, No. 2
  • Schumann
  • Tchaikovsky

Viola

  • Consult with orchestra conductor

Violoncello

  • Boccherini, B-flat
  • Haydn, C or D
  • Schumann

Double Bass

  • Consult with orchestra conductor

Piano

  • Bach, any
  • Beethoven, Nos. 1, 2, 3
  • Chopin, Nos. 1, 2
  • Haydn, any
  • Mendelssohn, Nos. 1, 2, double piano concerto
  • Mozart, any, including the two piano
  • Saint-Saens, Nos. 2, 4,

Double Bass, Winds, Percussion, Harp, and Guitar

  • Consult with orchestra conductor

Questions? General: Victoria Ritter (vritter1@jhu.edu). Repertoire: Chaowen Ting (prepensembles@jhu.edu)