Annual SEMYO Concerto Competition 2023

Sunday, February 5, 2023


SEMYO is hosting its annual concerto competition for students enrolled in the SEMYO Concert Orchestra for the entire year. The competition will take place Sunday, February 5, 2023 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (2124 Viola Rd NE) between 1-5 PM. One winner will be selected and will have the honor of performing with their orchestra on the SEMYO Spring concert on Sunday, May 21. Several students will also be awarded honorable mention and an invitation to perform in a special honor’s recital tentatively scheduled for the evening of Friday, February 10. Winner’s and runner’s up will be selected by independent judges who will also provide written feedback for all participants. Please note that the competition is no longer open to students in the Philharmonic Orchestra.


  • The SEMYO Concerto Competition is open to members of the 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 the Concert Orchestra.
  • Previous winners are eligible to compete and win the competition again. However, they may not do so in two consecutive years.

Application Process

  • A fee of $25 is required to participate. Pay fee online or bring a check/cash payment to SEMYO rehearsal.
  • SEMYO will begin accepting applications on October 21 with a deadline of December 18. No late applications will be accepted.
  • To apply students must complete the online registration form on this page, and submit the $25 fee.
  • Concert Orchestra conductor Keehun Nam 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. Please contact Mr. Nam at with questions regarding your selection.

Audition Procedures and Requirements

  • One winner 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.
  • Memorization of the piece is required.
  • Performance with accompanist is required at the audition. Students are responsible for providing their own accompanist. Click here for a directory of accompanists.
  • 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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