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Although the DePaul University School of Music previously made plans to have all events meet face-to-face in January, the decision has now been made to go fully online for two weeks starting January 3, due to the high and growing COVID-19 positivity rate and a concern about transmission during social gatherings that may have taken place over the break. Due to this change, the Community Music Division Concerto Festival auditions have been postponed from January 15th & 16th to January 29th & 30th. We are obviously disappointed to have to make this change, but believe it is in everyone's best interest and hope that you understand.
Some logistical information:
We sincerely thank you for your flexibility and generosity of spirit as we all work together to create the best possible experience for everyone involved. Stay healthy!
Registration has been closed. We cannot accept any late registrations. Continue to check this site for any updates to this year's competition.
1.Bach, J. S.: Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041 – Mvt. 1 or 32. Bach, J. S.: Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042 – Mvt. 13. Bologne, J.: Concerto in A Major, Op. 5, No. 2, Mvts 1 or 34. Bruch, M.: Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26 - Mvt. 1, 2, or 35. Haydn, F. J.: Concerto in G Major, Hob. VIIa:4 – Mvt. 16. Kreisler, F (Pugnani): Preludium and Allegro7. Massenet, J.: Meditation from Thais8. Mendelssohn, F.: Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64 – Mvt. 39. Mozart, W. A.: Concerto in G Major, K. 216 – Mvt. 110. Mozart, W. A.: Concerto in D Major, K. 218 – Mvt. 111. Mozart, W. A.: Concerto in A Major, K. 219 – Mvt. 1 12. Wieniawski, H.: Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 22 – Mvt. 1
1. Casadesus, H.: Concerto in B Minor in the style of Handel, Mvt. 12. Clark, R.: Viola Sonata with Orchestra (arr. Ruth Lomon), Mvt. 13. Hoffmeister, F. A.: Concerto in D Major, Mvt. 14. Telemann, G. P.: Concerto in G Major, Mvt. 1, 2, or 45. Stamitz, C.: Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Mvt. 16. von Weber, C.: Andante & Rondo Ungarase Op. 35 (Primrose edition only)
1. Boccherini, L.: Concerto in Bb Major, G. 482, Mvt. 12. Bruch, M.: Kol Nidrei, Op. 473. Elgar, E.: Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85, Mvt. 1 & 2, or 44. Fauré, G.: Élégie, Op. 245. Haydn, F. J.: Concerto in C Major, Hob. VIIb:1, Mvt. 1, 2, or 36. Lalo, E.: Concerto in D Minor, Mvt. 37. Popper, D.: Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 688. Saint-Saens, C.: Allegro Appassionato in B Minor, Op. 43 9. Saint-Saens, C.: Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33, any movement
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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 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.