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2011-12 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: The competition is open to all enrolled Johns Hopkins University undergraduates and graduate students, including JHU music minors. Contestants may compete on any instrument or voice. Past winners may compete again. Peabody Conservatory students are not eligible.

Repertoire: Applicants must audition on the concerto or aria that they will perform as the competition winner. The entire piece or movement(s) to be performed should run no longer than 25 minutes. Use of sheet music is allowed for both the audition and performance although memorization is preferred, especially for violinists and pianists. It is strongly recommended that applicants confirm the acceptability of their solo repertoire by emailing hso@jhu.edu as soon as possible. Applicants may be denied if their selected repertoire is not feasible.

Accompanists: Instrumentalists will audition without accompaniment. Singers may request an accompanist and will be provided one at no cost.

Prize: The winner(s) will perform his or her concerto or aria with the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jed Gaylin, on Sunday April 22, 2012 at 3:00pm in Shriver Hall. The judges reserve the right to withhold the prize if they do not deem any competitor qualified to be awarded a performance.


  1. Email hso@jhu.edu to confirm concerto competition repertoire.
  2. Complete the online application and attach a 1- to 2-page musical resume by Friday, December 2, 2011 at 5 pm.
  3. The judges will evaluate your application and resume, and will notify you by December 9, 2011 if you have been accepted into the competition. If accepted, you will be assigned an audition time.
  4. The judging will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 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.
  5. 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.
  6. You will be notified of the judges’ decision by Monday, February 13, 2012. The winner(s) will be contacted by phone, and the other competitors by e-mail.
  7. The winner must be available to rehearse with the orchestra at the following rehearsals.
    Monday, April 9, 2012 7 – 9:30 pm rehearsal
    Monday, April 16, 2012 7 – 9:30 pm rehearsal
    Thursday, April 19, 2012 7 – 9:30 pm rehearsal
    Friday, April 20, 2012 7 – 9:30 pm rehearsal
    Saturday, April 21, 2012 10:30 am – 12:30 pm dress rehearsal
    Sunday, April 22, 2012 3 pm performance

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