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DePaul National Concerto Competition for Young Performers

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Students in piano, violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and saxophone in 12th grade or younger are invited to audition for the annual DePaul National Concerto Competition 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.

Register Here​

Registration Deadline: 

Sunday, December 3 at 11:59CST


  • Performance Video (MP4 only). Audition video must include the entire movement or required piece (including cadenza). No partial performances permitted. Memory required.
    • Performance must be accompanied by piano. 
    • Performer must be visible in the video. 
    • Orchestra accompaniment not permitted. 
  • Open to students 12th grade or younger. 
  • Entries from university students not permitted.
  • Students who were winners in the 2023 Concerto Festival may not audition for the 2024 Concerto Festival on the same instrument.
  •  A student who has been a winner three times may not audition again regardless of instrument.
  • Contestants will not be officially enrolled unless the registration fee is received by the registration deadline.
  • There are no refunds for cancellation or any other circumstances after registering.
  • Videos must be submitted simultaneously with registration materials.
  • In the event of insufficient enrollment, the competition will be cancelled, and refunds will be issued.
  • Submit Checklist:
    • Entry Fee. Click here to pay. 
    • Registration Form
    • Performance Video - CREATE ONE folder with the contestant’s name and DePaul Concerto Competition in the Google Drive with the video performance. Share folder as an editor to communitymusic@depaul.edu by Registration Deadline (12/3/23). Example: “Alice Smith – DePaul Concerto Competition 2024”
    • For further assistance on allowing access in Google Drive, click the link here:
  • Entries from university students not permitted.
  • Students who were winners in the 2023 Concerto Festival may not audition for the 2024 Concerto Festival on the same instrument.
  • A student who has been a winner three times may not audition again regardless of instrument.
  • Contestants will not be officially enrolled unless the registration fee is received by the registration deadline.
  • There are no refunds for registrant cancellation or any other circumstances after registering.
  • Videos must be submitted simultaneously with registration materials.
  • Participants must perform one of the selections on the repertoire list.
  • Appropriate accompanist cuts are requested.
  • Piano accompaniment required, no other instrumental accompaniment allowed. Orchestra accompaniment not permitted. 
  • Teachers may accompany their own students. 
  • Winners will be recommended by the judges. 
  • If selected as a winner, proof of age and school status will be required.
  • Winners and honorable mentions will be awarded.
  • Winning soloists will participate in a rehearsal/recording session with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago. 
  •  Winners will receive a high-resolution video recording of the performance.​
  • 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.​​
  • Winners are responsible for all travel expenses that include transportation, room and board, food, etc.

DePaul CMD National Concerto Competition Winner's Concert & Recording Sessions

  • Monday, March 11, 2024, 6:30pm
  • Monday, March 25, 2024, 6:30pm

 

 

  • Written performance evaluations will be emailed to teachers and participants.
  • Auditioning with incorrect repertoire automatically disqualifies a participant.
  • No section 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.
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2023-2024 DePaul National Concerto Competition Repertoire​

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 

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. Fauré, G.: Élégie, Op. 24
5. Haydn, F. J.: Concerto in C Major, Hob. VIIb:1, Mvt. 1, 2, or 3
6. Lalo, E.: Concerto in D Minor, Mvt. 3
7. Popper, D.: Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 68
8. Saint-Saens, C.: Allegro Appassionato in B Minor, Op. 43
9. Saint-Saens, C.: Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33, any movement

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

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.: Flute Concerto, Mvt. 1
6. Liebermann, L.: Flute Concerto, Op. 39, Mvt. 1
7. Mozart, W. A.: Concerto in G Major, K. 313, Mvt. 1
8. Mozart, W. A.: Concerto in D Major, KV. 314, Mvt. 1  
9. Reinecke, C.: Flute Concerto in D Major, Op. 283, Mvt. 1

 

1. Barber, S.: Canzonetta for Oboe and Strings
2. Cimarosa, D.: Concerto in C Minor, Mvt. 1 & 2 or 3 & 4
3. Haydn, F. J.: Concerto in C Major, Hob. VII:C1, Mvt. 1
4. Hummel, Johann Nepomuk: Introduction, Theme and Variations, Op.102
5. Marcello, B.: Concerto in C Minor, Mvt. 1 & 2 or 2 & 3
6. Martinů, Bohuslav: Oboe Concerto, H.353 Mvt 1 or 3
7. Mozart, W. A.: Concerto in C Major, K. 314, Mvt. 1
8. Vaughan Williams, Ralph: Oboe Concerto Mvt. 1, 2 or 3

1. A Glazunov: Concerto for alto saxophone, Op. 109
2. J. Ibert: Concertino da Camera for alto saxophone (1935) – Mvt. 1 Allegro con moto
3. J. Ibert: Concertino da Camera for alto saxophone (1935) – Mvt. 2 Larghetto; Animato molto
4. H. Villa-Lobos: Fantasia for soprano or tenor saxophone, W. 490 – Mvt. 1 Animé
5. H. Villa-Lobos: Fantasia for soprano or tenor saxophone, W. 490 – Mvt. 2 & 3 Lent; Tres Animé

 

1. Bach, J. S.: Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052 – Mvt. 1
2. Bach, J. S.: Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056 – Mvt. 1
3. Beethoven, L. van: Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15 – Mvt. 1
4. Beethoven, L. van: Concerto No. 2 in Bb Major, Op. 19 – Mvt. 3
5. Beethoven, L. van: Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37 – Mvt. 3
6. Haydn, F. J.: Concerto in D Major, Hob. XVIII:11 – Mvt. 1 or 3
7. Grieg, E.:  Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16 - Mvt. 1 or 3
8. MacDowell, E.: Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 23 - Mvt. 3
9. Mendelssohn, F.: Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25 – Mvt. 1
10. Mendelssohn, F.: Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40 – Mvt. 1
11. Mozart, W. A.: Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K. 414 – Mvt. 1 or 2
12. Mozart, W.A.: Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466 – Mvt. 1 or 2
13. Mozart, W. A.: Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467 – Mvt. 3
14. Mozart, W. A.: Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488 – Mvt. 1
15. Saint-Saens, C.: Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22 - Mvt. 1 or 3
16. Schumann, R.: Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54 – Mvt. 1

 

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

 

1. Bach, J. S.: Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041 – Mvt. 1 or 3
2. Bach, J. S.: Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042 – Mvt. 1
3. Bologne, J.: Concerto in A Major, Op. 5, No. 2, Mvts 1 or 3
4. Bruch, M.: Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26 - Mvt. 1, 2, or 3
5. Haydn, F. J.: Concerto in G Major, Hob. VIIa:4 – 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
12. Wieniawski, H.: Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 22 – Mvt. 1

 

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DePaul Concerto Festival History    

Click here to learn about past 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. 


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n 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 of Chicago 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. 

Today the DePaul Concerto Festival attracts nearly 150 participants in piano, strings, and woodwinds from the Midwest who audition for a chance to perform with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago. We invite and encourage young musicians to audition for an opportunity to participate in the Concerto Festival.