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Adam Bodony
Artistic Director

Cara Pittenger
Executive Director

Susan Kitterman
Founder and Artistic Director Emerita

Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition


The Philharmonic Concerto Competition is an opportunity to engage the individual talents of members of the Indianapolis Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Past winners are requested not to re-enter consecutive years on the same instrument.
The winner will perform with the IYO Philharmonic Orchestra on the season finale concert at Hilbert Circle Theatre.

Entry Information

Vocalists and solo instrumentalists must apply by the November 17, 2023 deadline. Preliminary judging of audition tapes will begin immediately following the deadline to determine the finalists selected to perform a live audition on January 6, 2024 (location Indiana History Center). Finalists will be notified the week of December 10, 2023.

Note: To be considered, concerti or other appropriate solo works (instrumental, piano, or vocal) must be compatible with the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s instrumentation and performing capabilities.

Entrants will submit an audition recording of not more than 15 minutes playing time. The recording should be of the best quality possibleAccompaniment is preferred, but not required. The work performed must have orchestral accompaniment and must be the same work that the candidate will play with the orchestra if selected. Cuts may be made to the accompaniment in order to stay within the time limit, but cuts to the solo part are not permitted.

Recordings will be submitted via the application form. Direct upload (100MB file size maximum) or unlisted YouTube link are accepted. Applicants will also be asked to upload a PDF of the music (solo part only, not accompaniment). Form must be completed and entry fee received/postmarked no later than 11:59pm on November 17, 2023.

Pay the $45.00 entry fee online, or mail to: Indianapolis Youth Orchestra, • 32 E. Washington St., Ste 950 • Indpls, IN 46204

Finalists will be notified the week of December 10, 2023. No preference is given to either a video or audio recording. Applicants should strive to submit a format with the very highest quality of audio.

Final auditions will be held live in January. All final auditions must be performed from memory. Applicants must provide their own accompanists. A panel of judges consisting of local music educators will select one of the qualified finalists to solo with the orchestra. The panel reserves the right to declare no winner. The PO conductor reserves the right to not have the winner perform with the orchestra if the orchestral accompaniment is determined to be too difficult. The winner will be announced immediately following the final auditions.

One soloist will be selected to perform with the IYO Philharmonic Orchestra. The winner will receive a recording of the performance with the Orchestra. A $150 honorarium will be presented to the winner.

Questions: contact Executive Director Cara Pittenger | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 317.912.0547

Apply here before 11:59pm on November 17, 2023