Adam Bodony
Artistic Director

Janette Brown
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. Due to the pandemic, we will not be holding this competition in the 2020-2021 season.

  Application and Information

Vocalists and instrumentalists must apply by the Monday, November 17, 2019 postmark deadline. Preliminary judging of audition tapes will begin immediately following the deadline to determine the finalists selected to perform a live audition on January 4, 2020. Finalists will be notified the week of December 8, 2019.

Judges for the live final round include local music educators and professionals.

One soloist will be selected to perform with the New World Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and will also receive a cash prize.


Entry Information

Mail $35.00 entry fee, application, copy of solo part, and recording to: New World Youth Orchestras • Symphony Centre • 32 E. Washington St., Ste 950 • Indpls, IN 46204

Entrants will send 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.

Compact disc or DVD recording and a non-returnable photocopy of the music (solo part only) are to be sent with the entry form and $35 fee to New World postmarked no later than November 17, 2019. Finalists will be notified the week of December 8, 2019. No preference is given to either a CD or DVD application. Applicants should strive to submit a format with the very highest quality of audio.

Final auditions will be Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the Indiana History Center in Indianapolis. All final auditions must be performed from memory. Applicants must provide their own accompanists. The winner will be notified following the final auditions.

Past winners are requested not to re-enter consecutive years on the same instrument.
The winner will perform with the New World Youth Philharmonic Orchestra on Sunday, May 10, 2020, at Hilbert Circle Theatre.

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

Judging and Awards

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.

Judging: 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.

Awards: The winner will receive a CD or DVD of the performance with the Orchestra. A $150 honorarium will be presented to the winner.

  Click here for POCC Application and Information 


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