Every year, usually on the last Sunday in April, the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony holds its Concerto Competition, open to members of the orchestra. One or two winners are chosen to perform their pieces with the full orchestra in the Fall or Spring Concerts of the upcoming season. The 2020 Concerto Competition, originally scheduled for Sunday, May 3, 2020, will be rescheduled due to the coronavirus. Check back for more information.

Guidelines for participation:

1) Candidates should choose one movement of a concerto for the competition. The concerto may be selected from any period of classical music. Before preparing a work for the Competition, please consult with the Music Director regarding the choice of concerto. Though it would be rare for a piece to be unfeasible, some particularly difficult works, or works that call for especially large or unusual instrumentation, may be unsuitable.

2) Auditions are to be performed with piano accompaniment (including piano concertos), and the accompanist should be arranged by the auditioner. A high quality piano will be available at the audition site. It is strongly recommended that auditioners arrange multiple rehearsals with their accompanist before the competition. SCCYS staff will be more than happy to help put students in touch with excellent accompanists upon request.

3)  Candidates in 2020 should submit an official entry form no later than Sunday, April 5, 2020 [postponed due to the coronavirus; check back for a new date]. A schedule for auditions will be created and distributed to participants two weeks prior to the audition date.

2020 Competition

When: Sunday, May 3, 2020, 1–3 p.m. [POSTPONED due to the coronavirus]
Where: Studio of Carol Panofsky, 131 Cave Gulch, Santa Cruz
How: Please print out and complete the registration form below. Bring it to Mr. Berman at rehearsal or email it to Operations Manager Gerry Mandel at and she will pass it along to Mr. Berman.