2018 Young Artist Competition

The Oklahoma Community Orchestra announces its 13th Annual Young Artist Competition for outstanding college and university students. The competition will take place January 27, 2018 on the campus of Oklahoma Christian University. There will be four divisions of solo competition: Woodwinds, Strings, Brass/Percussion, and Piano. First place winners from each division will receive recognition at OCO's spring concert. Two over-all winners will be chosen to receive a $700 cash prize and perform as featured soloists with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra. The remaining division winners will each receive $50. The concert performance will be presented at Oklahoma Christian University on April 24, 2018.

Download the application here.


Eligibility - The competition is open to solo performers of all orchestral instruments and piano. Performers must be between the ages of 17 and 25 as of January 1, 2018 and enrolled at a college or university in Oklahoma. Previous featured soloists may not apply.

Music Selection - The selection should be a single concerto movement, substantive to stand alone, an entire concerto of brief length, or a work for solo instrument and orchestra, with a maximum duration of 25 minutes. The selection must be approved by the audition committee as to suitability to the orchestra (factors may include availability, cost, instrumentation, etc.) Solo selections performed recently by the orchestra are not recommended (PDF listing). Memorization is strongly preferred, but not required.

Judging - For the competition, contestants must provide the judges with two copies of the music, including one original (published) score or piano reduction, with measures numbered. Cuts may be made in long tutti passages for the competition. Decision of the judges is final. OCO reserves the right to with-hold prizes if no contestants are deemed qualified or the music is deemed unsuitable for the orchestra.

Other Guidelines

Contestants are responsible for all personal expenses and must provide their own accompanists for the competition.

Entry fee (non-refundable): $35.00

Winners must be available for three Monday evening rehearsals, including the dress rehearsal, prior to the concert performance.

Postmark deadline for application........................December 5, 2017
Notification of audition time..................................January 12, 2018
Young Artist Competition......................................January 27, 2018
Announcement of competition winners................March 6, 2018 Concert
Performance of competition winners...................April 24, 2018 Concert

For an application or additional information, contact Dr. Janet Romanishin, 1933 Whispering Pines Circle, Norman, OK 73072, (405) 329-8253. E-mail: okorchestra@oc.edu

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