Concerto Competition

Sewanee Summer Music Festival

Ryan Kirkconnell, 2013 Jaqueline Avent Concerto Competition Winner

The Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition

All students of orchestral instruments or piano are invited to enter the Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition, held in the first week of the Festival. Competition winners are featured with the Festival Orchestra during the final week and are eligible for the Jacqueline Avent Music Scholarship awards for the following summer.

Listed below are some of the questions you may have about the event. If we missed your questions, please contact the office by clicking here.

Q: Who can participate in the Concerto Competition?
A: Anyone currently enrolled in the SSMF who plays an orchestral instrument or piano. All ages are welcome.

Q: Is there a repertoire list, or can I play anything?
There is no set repertoire list, but selections must have an available orchestral accompaniment by rental or purchase at a reasonable rate. Works may be a single movement of a multi-movement work (such as a Mozart Violin Concerto movement) or a stand-alone work (without movements, such as Carnival of Venice for trumpet) of no more than 15 minutes duration. Careful consideration should be put into choosing a piece. For example, a work requiring extensive orchestral rehearsal time, or one with limited audience appeal,  might hinder a candidate’s chances.

Q: How are applications judged?
Students are judged on their artistry and mastery, and the judges’ assessment of which performances will best represent the Festival.

Q: Do I have to let the SSMF Staff know that I want to apply before the Festival begins?
A: Yes. You must designate that you are applying on a web form AND turn in a scanned copy of the piano accompaniment to the cloud folder before May 15, 2014 or you will not be allowed to enter. The webform and cloud folder are at the bottom of this page. To apply you must include: Applicant’s Name, Age, Instrument, Composer and title of the piece, length of the work, and a PDF of the piano accompaniment.

Q: Can I use music?
A: No. All performers in the Concerto Competition must play from memory.

Q: What do I do about an accompanist?
A: The Festival will supply an accompanist. You will have a short rehearsal before the first round. You must provide an original copy of the piano accompaniment music for the competition.

Q: When do we audition?
Preliminary and final auditions will be held during the first week of the Festival, so come prepared to audition.

Q: What happens if I win?
You will perform with the Festival Orchestra during the final week of the Music Festival. Competition winners are eligible for the Jacqueline Avent Music Scholarship awards for the following summer. Prizes will be presented at the concert.


Q: How do I enter?
A: Enter by filling out the form below. You will need a PDF of the Piano Accompaniment.

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