The FSPA Concerto Competition is a biannual event that recognizes outstanding young soloists who take music lessons at FPSA. The winner has the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra or the Flint Youth Wind Ensemble.
- All current FSPA music lesson students in grades 9 and above who will not have graduated from high school by March 15, 2023 are eligible.
- Applicants must be registered for music lessons on the instrument(s) they wish to compete on.
- Students may compete on multiple instruments, provided they are registered for music lessons on each instrument.
- Past Winners are ineligible to compete on the same instrument with which they won.
- Music must be selected from the Concerto Competition Repertoire List.
- All contestants must perform from memory.
- Each contestant must perform 4-12 minutes of music (using lengths on the Repertoire List). It is acceptable to perform multiple movements of a single piece, or to perform multiple pieces, as long as the combined length is 4-12 minutes.
- Students must play the entire piece/movement, including any written cadenzas. Cuts are allowed in extended accompaniment-only passages.
- Students may petition to play a piece that is not on the Repertoire List by filling out a Repertoire List Suggestion Form and returning it, along with an orchestral/band score, to the FSPA Office by August 1, 2022. It is highly recommended that approval is sought before serious preparation for the Competition begins (spring/summer).
- Piano accompaniment or backing track is required.
- Contestants are responsible for securing and compensating their accompanists. Accompanists do not need to be FSPA Faculty members.
- A Winner, 1st Runner-Up, and 2nd Runner-Up will be determined solely by the judges. Their decision is final.
- The Winner will perform as a soloist with the Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra or Flint Youth Wind Ensemble as part of one of their scheduled concerts. The Winner must be available to rehearse every Tuesday, 6:15-9:00 PM for Youth Symphony, or every Monday 6:30-8:30 PM for Wind Ensemble during the six weeks prior to the concert date. Specific rehearsal times will be arranged between the conductor and soloist.
- In the event that the Winner cannot commit to the above rehearsal schedule and/or the concert dates, the 1st Runner-Up may be asked to perform.
Application Deadline: Friday, September 16, 2022
Competition: Monday, October 10, 2022