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DePaul Concerto Festival


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:

  • ​​If your audition was scheduled for January 15th, it will now be held on January 29th. If your audition was scheduled for January 16th, it will now be held on January 30th. All other information, including your Audition Time (i.e. 11:30am) and Audition Room will remain the same. A separate email will be sent later with your updated audition information.
  • If you can no longer participate in the Concerto Festival due to this schedule change, we can process a full refund of your payment. Please let us know by Friday, January 7th if you plan to withdraw and need a refund. If you do not contact us by that date, we will assume you plan on participating.
  • All registrants and accompanists must either submit their vaccine information, including a picture of your vaccine card, at this link, OR provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the audition start time. This can be submitted by email ( prior to the event, or at the check-in table the day of your audition.
    • Please also fill out and submit this Assumption of Risk and Release Form for everyone in your party (participants, parents, and accompanists) entering University facilities. There are separate forms for minors and adults, and E-signing instructions are included in the pdf.
    • ​Participants are responsible for ensuring that their accompanists have submitted this form and information.
  • Masks are required to be worn by all registrants and accompanists during the entire duration of your time spent inside University facilities. This includes during your warm-up, audition, and in common areas. You are responsible for having these, as they will not be provided by the Community Music Division.
  • All protocols are subject to change, in accordance with City, State, and Federal guidelines.

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!


Students in piano, violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, oboe, and bassoon in 12th grade or younger 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.

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​​​​​Registration has been closed. We cannot accept any late registrations. Continue to check this site for any updates to this year's competition.

  • Registration fee for the 2022 competition is $150.
    • Price increase due to higher orchestra costs. 
  • All fees are non-refundable.
  • Online payment required.

Audition Information
  • For 2022, we will be holding blind auditions. ​
  • Auditions will take place in person on January 15  and 16 with results posted online by 9:00pm CT on January 16, 2022.
    • ​Piano, Cello, Winds will audition on January 15
    • Violin and Viola will audition on January 16

  • Open to students in 12th grade or younger.
  • A student who was a winner in the 2021 Concerto Festival may not audition for the 2022 Concerto Festival on the same instrument.
  • A student who has been a winner three times may not audition again regardless of instrument.

  • Participants must provide their own piano accompaniment and ensure that their accompanist is available for their assigned warmup and audition times.
    • ​Please contact our office if you need assistance; a list of area accompanists can be provided upon request.
  • Teachers may accompany their own students.

  • 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.

2021-2022 Concerto Festival Repertoire    

  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.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

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. 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. 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. 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
  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. 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

  • Winners will be recommended by the judges​.
  • 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 e-mailed to teachers and participants.​
  • 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 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 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.