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Concerto Festival

Concerto Festival for Young Performers (Op​en Division)

Students in piano, violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, oboe, and bassoon are invited to audition for the Annual DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers.
All participants are provided with written performance evaluations from outstanding judges. Winners perform a movement of a concerto with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago.

Click here to Register for the 2016-2017 Open Division


Important Dates & Registration Details    

  • Auditions on January 7 and 8
    • Piano and Winds - January 7, 2017
    • Violin, Viola, and Cello - January 8, 2017
  • Winner's Concert on February 12

Fees
  • Entry fee: $65
  • All fees are non-refundable.
  • Checks must be made payable to DePaul University.

Audition Location
  • DePaul School of Music, 804 W. Belden Ave., Chicago, IL, 60614
  • Warm-up rooms available
Eligibility 
  • Open to students in 12th grade or younger
  • A student may not be chosen as a winner for two consecutive years on the same instrument, regardless of repertoire choice
Repertoire
  • Participants must perform one of the selections on the repertoire list.
  • Selections must be performed from memory with piano accompaniment.
  • Appropriate accompanist cuts are requested.
  • Participants must provide one copy of the work to be performed (piano score) for the auditions. Photocopies are not allowed.

2016-2017 Open Division Concerto Festival Repertoire    


Piano

  1. Beethoven, L. van: Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15 Mvt. 1
  2. Beethoven, L. van: Concerto No. 2 in Bb Major, Op. 19 Mvt. 3
  3. Beethoven, L. van: Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37 - Mvt. 3
  4. Grieg, E.: Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16, Mvt. 1 or 3
  5. Haydn, F. J.: Concerto in D Major, Hob. XVIII:II Mvt. 1
  6. Kabalevsky, D.: Concerto No. 3 in D Major, Op. 50 Mvt. 1 or 3
  7. Mendelssohn, F.: Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25 Mvt. 1
  8. Mendelssohn, F.: Concerto no. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40, Mvt. 1
  9. Mozart, W. A.: Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K. 414 Mvt. 1 or 2 
  10. Mozart, W. A.: Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467 Mvt. 3
  11. Mozart, W.A.: Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466 Mvt. 1 or 2
  12. Mozart, W. A.: Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488 Mvt. 1
  13. Shostakovich, D.: Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102 Mvt. 1 

Violin

  1. Bach, J. S.: Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041 Mvt. 1
  2. Bach, J. S.: Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042 Mvt. 1 
  3. Bruch, M.: Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26 Mvt. 1 or 2
  4. Haydn, F. J.: Concerto in G Major, Hob. VIIa:4 Mvt. 1
  5. Kabalevsky, D.: Concerto in C Major, Op. 48 Mvt. 1
  6. Kreisler, F (Pugnani): Preludium and Allegro
  7. Massenet, J.: Meditation from Thais
  8. Mendelssohn, F.: Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64 Mvt. 3
  9. Mozart, W. A.: Concerto in G Major, K. 216 Mvt. 1
  10. Mozart, W.A.: Concerto in D Major, K. 218, Mvt. 1
  11. Mozart, W.A.: Concerto in A Major, K. 219, Mvt. 1

Viola

  1. Casadesus, H.: Concerto in B Minor in the style of Handel Mvt. 1
  2. Hoffmeister, F. A.: Concerto in D Major Mvt. 1
  3. Telemann, G.P.: Concerto in G Major m Mvt. 2
  4. Telemann, G. P.: Concerto in G Major Mvt. 2
  5. Stamitz, C.: Concerto No. 1 in D Major Mvt. 1
  6. von Weber, C.: Andante & Rondo Ungarase Op. 35 (Primrose edition only)

Cello

  1. Boccherini, L.: Concerto in Bb Major, G. 482 Mvt. 1
  2. Bruch, M.: Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
  3. Elgar, E.: Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 Mvt. 1 & 2, or 4
  4. Haydn, F. J.: Concerto in C Major, Hob. VIIb:1 Mvt. 1, 2, or 3
  5. Kabalevsky, D.: Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 49 Mvt. 1 or 3
  6. Lalo, E.: Concerto in D Minor Mvt. 3
  7. Saint-Sans, C.: Allegro Appassionato in B Minor, Op. 43 
  8. Saint-Sans, C.: Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33 any movement

Flute

  1. Bach, J.S.: Suite in B minor - Overture
  2. Chaminade, C.: Concertino, Op. 107
  3. Griffes, C.: Poem, A. 93
  4. Hue, G.: Fantaisie
  5. Ibert, J.: Concerto (1934) Mvt. 1
  6. Mozart, W. A.: Concerto in G Major, K. 313 Mvt. 1
  7. Mozart, W. A.: Concerto in D Major, KV. 314 Mvt. 1

Oboe

  1. Haydn, F. J.: Concerto in C Major, Hob. VII:C1 Mvt. 1
  2. Mozart, W. A.: Concerto in C Major, K. 314 Mvt. 1
  3. Cimarosa, D.: Concerto in C Minor Mvt. 1 & 2 or 3 & 4
  4. Marcello, B.: Concerto in C Minor Mvt. 1 & 2 or 2 & 3
  5. Barber, S.: Canzonetta for Oboe and Strings

Clarinet

  1. Mozart, W. A.: Concerto in A Major, K. 622, Mvt. 1
  2. Rossini, G.: Introduction, Theme and Variations in Eb Major
  3. Stamitz, C.: Concerto No. 3 in Bb Major
  4. von Weber, C. M.: Concertino, Op. 26
  5. von Weber, C. M.: Concerto No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 73
  6. von Weber, C. M.: Concerto No. 2 in Eb Major, Op. 74

Bassoon

  1. Elgar, E.: Romance, Op. 62
  2. Mozart, W. A.: Concerto in Bb Major, K. 191, Mvt. 1
  3. von Weber, C. M.: Concerto in F Major, Op. 75, Mvt. 1
Accompanist
  • Participants must provide their own accompanist; a list of area accompanists and email addresses will be provided upon request.
  • Teachers may accompany their own students.
  • To facilitate scheduling, the accompanist's name and contact information must be listed on the application form.
  • Audition times are scheduled according to repertoire -- e.g. All Bach A Minor violin concertos are grouped together.
  • Every effort will be made to accommodate accompanist schedules, although this may not be possible within the audition format.
Winners
  • Multiple winners will be chosen from the piano and string divisions.
  • One overall winner will be chosen from the woodwind division.
  • Only winners and honorable mentions will be awarded; there will be no alternates.
  • Winning soloists will perform with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago. 
  • Winners must perform the same concerto movement for both their audition and Winners Concert performance.
  • If, in any division, the judges decide that no contestant is sufficiently qualified, no winner will be selected.

Additional Notes

  • Written performance evaluations will be mailed to teachers.
  • Auditioning with incorrect repertoire automatically disqualifies a participant.
  • No repeats, unless specified in repertoire list.
  • Judges will be selected by the DePaul University Community Music Division.
  • All decisions are final.
  • Judges are prohibited from judging their own students.

DePaul Concerto Festival History    

Click here to learn about past Open Division Concerto Festival Winners

The DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers was founded in 2003 to provide an opportunity for intermediate level pianists in the Community Music Division to perform with an orchestra. Repertoire was selected from sonatina movements and short piano pieces for which string accompaniments were available. Auditions were held and eight winners were selected to perform with the DePaul Youth String Orchestra. 

In 2004, the Festival was expanded to include violin students and also offered a wider range of repertoire for pianists. In 2006, cello and flute were added to the roster of instruments. To accommodate the increasing difficulty of repertoire, a decision was made to conduct the Festival with a full symphony orchestra. A partnership was formed in 2007 with the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mina Zikri. That year, thirteen winners had the privilege of performing a concerto movement in concert. 

In 2008, the Festival was opened to students outside of the Community Music Division. Viola was added in 2009, clarinet in 2012, and oboe and bassoon in 2013. 

We invite and encourage young musicians to audition for an opportunity to participate in the Concerto Festival.