Sunday, February 2. 1-5 PM.


SEMYO is once again offering a concerto competition for Philharmonic and Concert Orchestra students. The competition will take place Sunday, February 2 between 1-5 PM at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (2124 Viola Rd NE). One student from Philharmonic orchestra and one from Concert orchestra will be selected by an independent panel of professional musicians. Please note that there will only be one category for the Concert Orchestra this year. Winners will perform with their orchestra on the May 10, 2020, Mother’s Day Concert. Several students will also be awarded honorable mention and an invitation to perform in a special concerto honor’s recital on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7 PM.


  • The SEMYO Concerto Competition is open to members of the Philharmonic and Concert Orchestra who are participating in SEMYO for the entire year.
  • Students may compete on any orchestral instrument except piano. Saxophone, harp, and percussion are also allowed.
  • Double concertos are allowed as long as both students are members of SEMYO.
  • Previous winners are eligible to compete and win the competition; however they may not do so two consecutive years in a row with the same ensemble.

Application Process

  • A fee of $25 is required to participate. Pay fee online or bring a check/cash payment to SEMYO rehearsal.
  • Online applications are due (see below) on or before December 15. No late applications will be accepted.
  • To apply students must complete the online registration form on this page, submit the fee, and have their teacher submit a brief recommendation to SEMYO via e-mail to
  • SEMYO conductors must approve all selections – if a work is not suitable, students will be notified immediately. Orchestration for your piece must be available and source confirmed before your application is accepted.

Audition Procedures and Requirements

  • One student from the Philharmonic Orchestra and one student from the Concert Orchestra will be chosen on any instrument.
  • Students must perform an entire movement of an original work for solo instrument and orchestra (typically a single movement from a standard concerto). Arrangements are not allowed.
  • For 2020 the following pieces are not allowed: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33 by Camille Saint-Saëns & Praeludium & Allegro for Solo Violin by Fritz Kreisler.
  • Memorization of the piece is required.
  • Performance with accompanist is required at the audition. Students are responsible for providing their own accompanist.
  • Students must provide judges with two copies of the music; one should be an original.
  • Students must be dressed in concert attire.
  • Audition may not exceed 10 minutes.

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