They have practiced for hours. They lead in their local school and youth orchestras, and dazzle in solo/ensemble competitions. They are committed to every facet of their studies. Here’s where we get to show them off! Every year, the most accomplished music students from the Central Wisconsin region are invited to compete for scholarship money and the opportunity to perform with the CWSO in an unforgettable weekend of music making of the highest level.
Rules and Eligibility
- Competitors must be instrumentalists in grade 9-12 during the 2022-23 school year.
- Competitors or their music teacher must reside within the following geographical boundaries: Highway 2/Michigan (North), Highway 21 (South), Highway 13 (West), and Highway 45 (East)
- Competitors will perform a movement or standard excerpt of a concerto of their choice, not to exceed fifteen (15) minutes in length. The selection must be an original concerto composed for the instrument and orchestra (no transcriptions).
- Repertoire must be approved by the CWSO to be eligible for the grand prize. Criteria for approval include availability of music, rental/purchase cost, and suitability with the CWSO’s programming.
- Competitors must provide piano accompaniment at their own expense.
- Competitors must perform their music from memory.
- Judges have complete discretion in the awarding of the prize(s), including the option to name no winner. Their decisions shall be final.
- Winner must be available to perform with the CWSO on April 15, 2023 and to rehearse with the orchestra as required by the conductor. Tentative required rehearsals are April 11,14 and 15. No alternative performance dates will be available.
The grand prize winner's performance as soloist with the CWSO on April 15th, 2023 is contingent upon public health recommendations at the time of the concerts. The grand prize winner will also receive a $500 cash scholarship to assist with their musical studies. An honorable mention may also be named.
This year’s competition takes place on January 22, 2023 in Michelson Hall at UWSP starting at 1:00pm. Formal times will be sent out once applications are accepted. All application materials are due by December 31, 2022.
Information about our 2023-2024 competition will be shared soon!