Concerto Competition

Application Deadline: September 7, 2022 – Late applications will not be considered

Competition: Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 5:00 PM

First Christian Church (Sanctuary), 650 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37403



  • Any Symphony member who is in good standing is eligible to compete. Good standing means the member’s balance must be paid in full and the member must adhere to attendance policies throughout the season.


  • Former winners are not eligible to compete the subsequent year.


  • Former runner-ups are eligible to compete annually.



  • Members must complete the application form and submit the chosen piece to the CSOYO Manager by the deadline: September 7, 2022.


Music Selection:

  • The chosen piece must be one movement from a standard concerto, or solo/ensemble selection that has orchestral accompaniment parts available. Questions should be directed to private teachers/conductors.
  • If the CSO does not already own the orchestral accompaniment parts for the selected piece and they must be purchased or rented, the selected winners agree to pay half the cost to rent or purchase the orchestral parts for any amount over $500. The CSOYO Manager can help determine cost of rental/purchase once selection has been submitted.
  • The CSO reserves the right to suggest a different piece for performance.
  • Purchased music will remain the property of the CSO.
  • The chosen piece should be no longer than 10 minutes.


  • Competition times and instructions, including a scheduled warm-up time, will be sent to each applicant.
  • The competition takes place in person in the sanctuary at First Christian Church.
  • Members must perform one movement from a standard concerto, or solo/ensemble selection that has orchestral accompaniment parts available.
  • Members must compete on the instrument that they play in the CSOYO, and they must compete with the piece of music that they will perform (if selected as a winner).
  • Students should furnish five (5) printed copies of their selection (including accompaniment) for the judges on the day of the competition.
  • It is highly recommended that the student audition with a piano accompanist.  Students are responsible for providing their own accompanist and for ensuring the accompanist know the time and location of the audition.  If you need recommendations for an accompanist, please email the CSOYO Manager.

Competition Winner:

  • The winner of the competition will be announced approximately one week after the competition.


  • Based on performance standards, judges reserve the right to select more than one winner and/or runner-up as well as the right to not declare a winner and/or runner-up.


  • The winner will be featured on a CSO concert.


  • The runner-up will be featured in opportunities to be determined.


  • Additional performance opportunities may be offered by the CSO at its discretion.


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