2024 Annual

Concerto Competition

Friday, May 31, 2024
St. Bede’s Episcopal Church Santa Fe

2024 Annual Concerto Competition

We are thrilled to announce the 2024 Annual Concerto Competition. All young orchestral and choral musicians between 14 and 22 years of age are encouraged to apply. The Senior Division is open to instrumentalists in in high school and college who play a symphonic instrument (aged 18 to 22). The Junior Division is open to orchestral and choral musicians in grades 9 through 12.

Application Fee Fund

We recognize the potential financial and logistical difficulty in applying to a competition of this nature and are pleased to share that an Application Fee Fund has been made available through the generosity of an Anonymous Donor. It is our intention to make this competition as accessible as possible to students throughout the state of New Mexico.

If you are a student in need of financial assistance, we encourage you to proceed with the submission of your application as soon as possible and then email competion@santafesymphony.org or call 505.983.3530 during Monday through Friday Business Hours / 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM for more details.

Eligibility

  • All applicants must be residents of New Mexico.
  • Applicants should be orchestral or choral musicians. (No piano.) If you have any questions, please email competition@santafesymphony.org.
  • Applicants must be available to participate in the in-person finals round, as well as the rehearsal and performance listed above for their division.
  • Applicants must provide their own accompanist for virtual and in-person rounds, if possible. If you are unable to provide an accompanist, please record your audition without one and submit your application!
  • Audition videos should be between 5 to 7 minutes in length uploaded to YouTube .

Junior Division

Instrumentalists
Third Place—$200
Second Place—$300

First Place—$500

Our First place winner
will also receive an
Invitation to perform

at a Discovery Concert
  • Open to orchestral musicians in grades 9 through 12 who are New Mexico residents or currently attend a New Mexico high school. Junior Division instrumentalists should choose one (1) 5 to 7 minute movement of a classical-era concerto from standard repertoire for their instrument. Transcriptions for alternate instruments are allowed.
  • All in-person finalists will receive a recording of their audition.
  • First-place winners in each division will receive a recording of their performance with The Symphony Orchestra.

Junior Division

Vocalists
Third Place—$200
Second Place—$300

First Place—$500

Our First place winner
will also receive an
Invitation to perform

at a Discovery Concert
  • Open to choral musicians in grades 9 through 12 who are New Mexico residents or currently attend a New Mexico high school. Junior Division vocalists should choose a 5 to 7 minute aria or art song.
  • All in-person finalists will receive a recording of their audition.
  • First-place winners in each division will receive a recording of their performance with The Symphony Chorus.

Senior Division

Instrumentalists
Third Place—$500
Second Place—$1,000
First Place—$2,500

Our First place winner
will also receive an
Invitation to perform

at “Sounds of the Season”
  • Open to instrumentalists aged 18 to 22 who are New Mexico residents or currently attend a New Mexico school. Senior Division applicants have free choice of one (1) standard repertoire selection—no more than 10 minutes in length.
  • Transcriptions for alternate instruments are allowed.
  • All in-person finalists will receive a recording of their audition.
  • First-place winners in each division will receive a recording of their performance with The Symphony.

Making a difference!

The funds awarded through our Annual Concerto Competition can make a significant difference to music students in their first year of college. For example, the Senior Division First=Prize winner at The Symphony’s 2023 Concerto Competition can potentially cover the cost of a student’s textbooks in their first year of college. Textbook prices are rising roughly 3 times the rate of inflation.

Educational data shows that:

  • the price of textbooks increases by an average of 6% each academic year, doubling every 11 years;
  • while less expensive, the cost-per-student of eTextbooks also increased by 36.8% over 12 months;
  • college tuition/fees have risen over 80% in the past 12 years;
  • the average postsecondary student spends between $600 and $1,200 annually for books and supplies each academic year;
  • 25% of students reported they worked extra hours to pay for their books and materials;
  • 11% of first year college students skipped meals in order to afford books and course materials;
  • 66% of college students skipped buying and renting course materials such as textbooks at some point in their career as they were too expensive;

SAVE THESE DATES!

March 1, 2024
Deadline to submit all application materials.

April 2024 TBA
Candidates notified regarding acceptance to the Concerto Competition Finals

May 31, 2024
In-Person Concerto Competition Finals
| Private Event
Non-Applicant Attendees must RSVP to Brian Sterriker, Education & Grants Manager
(Competition start time TBA)

October 2024
Junior Division

First-Place Winner performs at The Lensic with The Symphony for its Annual Discovery Concerts—rehearsal one week prior to performance.

December 2024
Senior Division

First-Place Winner performs at The Lensic with The Symphony for the “Sounds of the Season” holiday pops concert, conducted by Maestro Guillermo Figueroa—rehearsal one week prior to performance.