skip to Main Content

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. In 2021 the Concerto Competition was delayed because of Covid. It will take place on Sunday, October 17, from 1 to 3 p.m.

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 2021 should submit an official entry form no later than Sunday, September 26. A schedule for auditions will be created and distributed to participants two weeks prior to the audition date.

2021 Competition

When: October 17, 2021
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 and she will pass it along to Mr. Berman. The registration deadline is September 26.
Back To Top