Youth Concerto Competition

The 2020 - 2021 competition has been suspended until further notice.

Winners will be performing in our upcoming concerts.

Rules and Rugulations

Welcome! Below you will find information for this year’s Youth Concerto Competition. If you are considering applying, please be sure you have read and understand everything below. If you have questions, please reach out to us at mail@oakvillechamber.org. 



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The Oakville Chamber Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition serves to recognize excellence in musical aptitude and achievement among young musicians, while providing competition winners with exposure through the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Oakville Chamber Orchestra. 

Applicants must:

  • meet age requirements as outlined in the “Categories” section 
  • be a Canadian citizen or Landed Immigrant 
  • reside in the province of Ontario 

Previous year Grand Prize winners may not re-apply to the same category. 

There are two YCC Categories: Junior and Senior. Entrants may compete in one category only. 

Applicants are categorized as follows to ensure fair competition: 

JUNIOR

  • Instrumentalists – 17 years of age and under
  • All vocalist compete in the Senior category

SENIOR

  • Instrumentalists – 21 years of age and under
  • Vocalists – 25 years of age and under

Applicants must meet age requirements based on their actual age on or before December 31st, 2020. 

Applicants 17 years of age and under may opt to compete in the Senior category, however, it is important to understand that all applicants in the Senior category will be judged at the same standard, regardless of age. 

JUNIOR 

Entrants must perform one movement of a concerto, memorized. 


SENIOR

Instrumentalists must perform an entire concerto, memorized. 

Vocalists must perform a suite of arias equivalent to at least 10 minutes of performance time, memorized. They will be asked to select another concerto to perform in concert with the OCO. 


Important: 

Applicants may enter the competition with any music of their choice (adhering to the stated rules above). If the winner’s piece was not composed for a full chamber orchestra, the winner will be asked to select another piece to perform in concert with the OCO. 

The competition takes place across 2 rounds. The second round is the final round. 


ROUND 1

Application Deadline: September 23, 2020, 4:59 P.M. EST. 

Click below to apply. 

Applicants must: 

  • Submit the online application form. Applicants will be asked to submit a video of themselves performing their piece with piano accompaniment, which will be posted on the OCO’s YouTube channel (https://https://www.youtube.com/user/oakvillemusic). 
  • Pay a non-refundable processing fee of $50 through Paypal on the application page.
  • Adhere to the rules stated in “Audition Music” section.
  • Comply with eligibility criteria.


THE JURY

A panel of 3 nationally-recognized musician judges, in addition to the OCO’s Music Director, will review each application video and select the performances which will proceed to the second round. 


PLACEMENT NOTIFICATION

All applicants will be notified by email regarding their potential advancement to Round 2 shortly after the submission deadline. 

Qualifying applicants will be invited to perform their piece live with piano accompaniment before a live jury on the date TBD at TBD, Oakville. 


ROUND 2 (FINAL ROUND)

Date: TBD, 2020 

Time: TBD 

Location: TBD 

Full details on all Round 2 logistics will be provided to all qualifying applicants by email in advance. 

Applicants are responsible for providing and paying for their own piano accompaniment. 


THE JURY

A panel of 3 nationally-recognized musician judges, led by OCO’s Music Director, judge each performance and select the winning artists. 


WINNER NOTIFICATION

Winners will be announced TBD, 2020. Winners will be asked to submit a photograph and bio at this point for use for OCO promotional purposes. Winners are expected to have already reviewed and fully understood the rules stated in the section below. 


The Oakville Chamber Orchestra reserves the right to change the Youth Concerto Competition eligibility criteria, rules, regulations, awards, and any content stated below at any time, with or without notice to applicants. Applications which do not meet eligibility or meet all competition rules will not be considered viable and will not be considered. 

Only works for performance by a chamber orchestra are eligible for performance in concert with the OCO. 

Applicants may enter the competition with any concerto of their choice, provided it has been written for a full chamber orchestra. For this purpose, a chamber orchestra is defined as: maximum 2 flutes; 2 oboes; 2 clarinets; 2 bassoons; 2 French horns; 2 trumpets; timpani, plus up to 2 additional percussionists; 1 keyboard; 12 violins; 3 violas; 3 cellos; and 2 double basses. 

Winners will be asked to submit their preferred repertoire choices to the OCO’s Music Director. The OCO reserves the right to make all final choices on concert repertoire in order to support their financial and artistic parameters. Please note that the winner’s selected music will be the piece performed with the OCO. 

JUNIOR

1ST PLACE — $500 

2ND PLACE — $300


SENIOR

1ST PLACE — $500 

2ND PLACE — $300


1st place winners also receive the opportunity to perform a full concerto for soloist and chamber orchestra with the OCO during their 2020/21 season. 

2nd place winners also receive the opportunity to perform one movement of a concerto for soloist and chamber orchestra with the OCO during their 2020/21 season. 


Finest Oakville-based Musician Award 

Winner of this award will receive a $500 cheque. In order to be eligible for this award, the applicant must officially reside in Oakville at time of competition. It can be won in combination with another award. 


Please note: 

– All winners will be required to attend rehearsals with the OCO and will be notified of the rehearsal dates and times.

– While it is highly unlikely, the Jury reserves the right to not award any winners in a given category if it is determined that performance quality is not at standard. 

Questions or Comments? Please contact us at mail@oakvillechamber.org

The Oakville Chamber Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Optimist Club of Oakville. 

YOUTH CONCERTO COMPETITION ENTRY FORM

Once you have submitted your form, you will receive an email with a link to pay the $50 entry fee by PayPal. 

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Applicants must meet age requirements based on their actual age on or before December 31st 2019.
Applicants 17 years of age and under may opt to compete in the Senior category, however, it is important to understand that all applicants in the Senior category will be judged at the same standard, regardless of age.