Competitions

Solo and Concerto Competition

Our philosophy throughout the year is to emphasize team building, commitment, and enthusiasm among our student musicians. We do, however, offer one competitive event each season. OYO members in each orchestra (Studio String, String, Philharmonia, and Symphony) have the opportunity to compete in the Solo and Concerto Competition for prestige and prize money. The first place winner at each level will have the honor of performing a solo at a scheduled OYO concert.

What did I learn from participating in this competition? That there’s no point in comparing yourself to other musicians. Every player will have their own ideas about how to approach the music and all ideas can be valid. What it’s all about is how much effort you put into the preparation, how much you practice. Then, when it’s time for the competition you just have to trust in your own musicianship. –Patrick Walle, French horn, winner of the 2005 Concerto Competition, current member of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, and graduate of the Eastman School of Music.

And did you know……….

Violinist Caroline Goulding, currently enjoying a successful career as a soloist, was the very first winner of OYO’s Strings competition in 2001. Caroline is a 2011 recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. This award is given to musicians who are believed to have great potential for solo careers. She is the youngest person ever to receive that award.