High School Concerto Competition
The Ohio University School of Music High School Concerto Competition is an opportunity for outstanding high school musicians in their junior or senior year to submit a performance video and compete for generous prizes, receive feedback from a panel of outstanding educators, and earn the privilege of performing as soloist with the Ohio University Symphony Orchestra or Wind Symphony*. International students are welcome to participate.
Submission Deadline has passed for this year's opportunity.
We look forward to announcing the 2024 competition which will hold a deadline on February 1, 2024.
One movement of a concerto or solo work with orchestral or wind ensemble accompaniment
Memorization is strongly encouraged but not required
Video recording should include piano accompaniment
First Place: $10,000 scholarship**
Opportunity to perform as soloist with the Ohio University Symphony or Wind Symphony*
Honorable mention: $6,000 scholarship**
There will be up to three honorable mention prizes from the following categories: Vocal, Piano, Strings, Percussion, Winds, and Brass*
Deadline: February 1, 2023
Entry Fee: Free
Eligibility: Open to all high school students currently enrolled in 11th or 12th grade
Participants must submit a completed entry form that will include a link to a performance posted on a site such as YouTube or Vimeo.
The date of the solo performance will be determined when the regular admissions process to Ohio University has been completed and the student has been formally accepted to the School of Music. Scholarship awards are subject to winners pursuing a degree in fine arts at Ohio University and maintaining academic eligibility.
This year’s competition will be judged virtually and no live auditions will take place. Each contestant will submit a link to a video for the panel of judges to review. Although videos of the highest quality possible are recommended, professional video production is not required or expected.
Video submissions should have been recorded during the current school year.
There should be no announcements or any verbal identification on the recordings submitted. Although the judges will see the performers, every effort is being made to keep judging as anonymous as possible. For this reason, we ask that announcements such as name, school, or hometown are omitted in the video.
All entries should be recorded at the highest quality video level possible, but please do not use any type of enhancement technique to change the quality of the live performance. Engineering, editing, or tampering with the recording after the performance is not allowed.
**Scholarships will be applied to OHIO University Undergraduate Tuition upon admission and matriculation into a College of Fine Arts major. Scholarship prizes are distributed over four years of study with maintenance of eligibility (major in the College of Fine Arts, 3.0 GPA, 15 earned hours per Fall/Spring term). Concerto Prize Scholarships are stackable with other OHIO awards and scholarships up to the full cost of resident tuition.