VCU Concerto Competition

The VCU Symphony Concerto and Aria Competition is open to VCU students in the following areas:

  • Woodwinds
  • Brass
  • Percussion
  • Voice
  • Keyboard
  • Guitar
  • Strings
  • Harp

Students must receive a brief recommendation from a member of their studio’s faculty in order to audition; an email is acceptable.

Important change: Ensembles of duos to quintets are now acceptable.

Competition:  The competition features two rounds: a preliminary and a final round. The preliminary round will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2018, in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. The final round will start at 6:40 p.m. One winner (or more, in case of a tie) will be determined by a panel of judges with the final results announced to the public immediately after the competition is over. The deadline for submitting your application form is Friday, October 5, 2018 at 4 p.m. Download application here. Completed forms should be put in Prof. Myssyk’s mailbox in the main Music Department office.

The Rounds: Preliminary Round (4:30 p.m. in the concert hall) A two or three-member jury will listen to candidates who will perform no more than an 8-minute excerpt from their piece before an audience. Final Round (6:40 p.m. in the concert hall) In the final round (again, open to the general public) the jury will listen to finalists performing their entire selection. Following the final round, the jury will announce the name of the winner of the competition.

Concert: The winner will perform their concerto/piece/aria (or one movement from a concerto, depending on the length) with the VCU Symphony at its concert on December 2, 2018 at 8 p.m. in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall.

Please note that the jury reserves the right to withhold any prize should the required standard not be met.


Eligibility: Any part or full-time student enrolled in a private lesson for the fall 2018 semester is eligible to compete. Previous solo winners of the competition may not apply.

Requirements: Solos MUST be MEMORIZED. The participants should provide their own accompanist. Scores should be made available to the jury on the day of the event.

Length: Audition pieces must be a minimum of seven minutes and a maximum of 20 minutes. Shorter pieces should be a complete work or, in the case of longer works, one movement only.

Instrumentation: Minimum chamber orchestra size (with possible exceptions): 2, 2, 2, 2 – 2, 2, 0, 0, str

Repertoire: Standard or rental. Please have knowledge of score and parts availability prior to your audition. Winner(s) must perform the same repertoire as auditioned. Vocalists may perform concert arias or opera selections.

For additional information, please contact Daniel Myssyk (dmyssyk@vcu.edu).