YCC 2022

Youth Concerto Competition 2022


Message To Prospective Competitors

Welcome musicians! Please read carefully the following information about
Oakville Chamber Orchestra’s Youth Concerto Competition 2022.

Oakville Chamber Orchestra strives to recognize excellence in musical aptitude and achievement among young classical musicians.

The first round of Oakville Chamber Orchestra’s Youth Concerto Competition 2022 will take place virtually. The deadline for the submission of application, payment and video is Friday, April 8, 2022 at 11:59PM.

The top competitors will be chosen for the final round of competition on Saturday, May 14. They will be contacted after the judges have had several days to review the recorded submissions. The final round of the competition will take place from 2 to 5pm at the Church of the Incarnation, 1240 Old Abbey Lane Road, Oakville, Ontario L6M 3Y4. Once all the competitors have performed, the jury will deliberate and the winners will be announced.

There will be two age categories with four prize winners. For age requirements see entrance eligibility.

Senior Category 1st Prize: $500 plus a performance of a complete concerto or suite of arias

Senior Category 2nd Prize: $300 plus a performance of one movement of a concerto or two / three arias

Junior Category 1st Prize: $500 plus a performance of a complete concerto

Junior Category 2nd Prize: $300 plus a performance of one movement of a concerto

The above performances with the Oakville Chamber Orchestra  will be scheduled in the  Orchestra’s 2022‑3 season. 

Applicants, please be sure you have read and understood all the rules and regulations stated below.

Applications, payment and video must be submitted via the OCO website by Friday April 8, 2022 at 11:59PM.   After the judges have had a chance to review the videos, finalists for the in-person competition will be chosen.  All competitors will be emailed when the first stage is complete.  This may take several days.

  • Competitors must be Canadian permanent residents, or temporary residents of more than 3 years;
  • Instrumentalists for the Junior age category must have been born on or after January 1st, 2003;
  • Instrumentalists for the Senior age category must have been born on or after January 1st, 2000;
  • Vocalists are in the Senior category and must have been born on or after January 1st, 1996;
  • Previous OCO Youth Concerto Competition 1st prize winners may not apply in the same category in the immediate following season’s competition.

Applicants must:

  • Submit the completed online Application Form (see green rectangle button at bottom of page);
  • Submit a video of themselves personally performing their or suite of arias. Piano accompaniment is required.  This includes piano concertos which must have 2nd piano accompaniment. 
  • Applicants for the Junior age category must submit a video of one movement only of a concerto.  Applicants for the Senior age category must submit a video of an entire concerto.  Vocalists must prepare a suite of arias of a duration of not less than 10 minutes.
     We will not accept the use of an audio recording for any accompaniment;
  • Any concerto or suite of arias is acceptable for the 1st and final rounds.  However, as OCO is a chamber orchestra, winners may be required to select different repertoire for their prize concert, due to orchestration and other concerns.
  • Pay a non-refundable Application Fee of $75CDN (see blue rectangle button at bottom of page);
  • Have completely reviewed and fully understand the rules and regulations;
  • Adhere to the rules stated above;
  • Comply with eligibility criteria.

Some of the submitted recordings, at OCO’s sole discretion, may also be featured on OCO’s various social media platforms, including the Orchestra’s YouTube channel.  In the event of placing 1st or 2nd in the competition, contestants give their consent to having their performance with the Orchestra video-recorded and having the video, audio or photographs made publicly available through the OCO website and social media applications. Recordings and photographs will remain the property of the Orchestra.

A panel of three professional musician judges, including the OCO’s Music Director, will review the videos in the first round. A different jury of notable GTA musicians will form the jury with OCO’s Music Director, and select the finalists during the in-person second round.

The jury has the discretion not to award a prize.

Questions or Comments? Please contact us at competition@oakvillechamber.org
The Oakville Chamber Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the generous support of
the Oakville Arts Council and the Oakville Community Foundation.