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2009-10 Hopkins Symphony Concerto Competition

Hopkins Symphony Orchestra   201 Shriver Hall   Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218
410-516-6542   hso@jhu.edu   www.jhu.edu/jhso

Who is eligible: All enrolled Johns Hopkins University undergraduates and graduate students who are not currently pursuing a degree in music may compete on any instrument or voice. Past winners may compete again. After 2009-10, the next competition is planned for 2011-12, and then every other year.

Repertoire: Applicants must audition on the concerto or aria that they will perform if chosen. This year, the piece must be accompaniable by a chamber orchestra of at most 35 players. Sheet music is allowed for both auditions and performance, although memorization is preferred. The entire piece or movement(s) to be performed should run no longer than 25 minutes. If cuts must be made to meet the time limit, contrasting movements are preferred.

Accompanists: Instrumentalists will audition unaccompanied. Singers who want an accompanist will be given one at no cost.

Prize: The winner will perform his or her concerto or aria with the Hopkins Symphony Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Lande, on Sunday evening, March 28, 2010 in Shriver Hall. Any Honorable Mentions will be listed in the concert program. The judges reserve the right to withhold the prize if they do not deem any competitor qualified to be awarded a performance.


  1. Submit a completed application [PDF] and a 1- to 2-page musical resume to the Hopkins Symphony office, 201 Shriver Hall, Homewood Campus, by Friday, December 4, 2009 at 5 pm.
  2. The judges will evaluate your application and resume, and will notify you by December 11, 2009 if you have been accepted into the competition. If accepted, you will be assigned an audition time.
  3. The judging will be held on Saturday afternoon, January 30, 2010 in Shriver Hall Auditorium on the Homewood Campus. The judging is not open to the public. You should arrive at least 30 minutes early to register and warm up. You will have use of a practice room.
  4. The judges will listen to 10 to 15 minutes of your piece. If your piece is longer than 15 minutes, please select contrasting sections to play. The judges may ask you to play additional passages.
  5. You will be notified of the judges’ decision by Monday, February 1, 2010. The winner will be contacted by phone, and the other competitors by e-mail.
  6. By February 15, the winner will provide a bio sketch and contact information for his or her local newspaper. If the winner cannot also provide a good publicity photograph, a photo shoot will be scheduled.
  7. The winner must be available to rehearse with the chamber orchestra on the afternoons of March 6, 7, 27, and 28, and to perform on the evening of March 28.

For more information, write to hso@jhu.edu or call 410-516-6542.