College of Arts and Sciences
String Performance

Concerto Competition

  • Student Concerto Competition Application 2013


    A first movement with chamber or symphony orchestra or a work for solo instrument and orchestra that is not a concerto in the strictest sense. The length should not exceed 25 minutes and must be memorized. All repertoire must be approved by the applied lesson professor and/or the Director of Chamber and Instrumental Music.


    The Concerto Competition is open to all current Seattle University students, who are enrolled in applied private lessons. A student must be enrolled in private lessons for both the entry and winning year. Failure to not enroll in private lessons after winning the Concerto Competition will result in forfeiting the competition prize.


    Entry forms must be turned into Dr. Amber Archibald no later than Friday, January 18, 2013 at 12:00pm. The deadline is final. Forms must be complete with the following information and signatures:
     Availability of accompaniment parts, including publisher and contact information
     Applied lessons instructor
     Name and signature of collaborative pianist
     Accurate timing of the contestant’s performance

    Collaborative Piano Services

    It is the contestant’s responsibility to procure the services and arrange for payment of a collaborative pianist for the competition.

    Competition Round

    Each contestant will perform before a live audience and a panel of judges that will determine the winner. Each shall provide four (4) complete piano scores for the jury panel and cuts (for the accompanist) must be clearly marked. Works that utilize standard cuts in professional performance may be performed in this manner.

    The first place winner will also receive a one (1) year music scholarship in the form of $600.00 for the 2013-2014 academic year. The jury panel will also select a second and third place winner, which will be featured at the annual Music Convocation with the first place winner during the 2013-2014 academic year at Seattle University. A concerto performance with a local orchestra may also serve as a prize, contingent an ensemble is available. Contestants will be judged on technicality, phrasing, memory, as well as, overall professional musicianship. One winner will be chosen and the decision of the jury panel is final.

    Contestants are encouraged to schedule for rehearsal time before the competition in Pigott Auditorium. There will be a sign-up sheet outside of Dr. Amber Archibald’s office.