2024 International Concerto Competition Info

The Concerto Competition is an opportunity for amateur and pre-professional musicians to perform as a soloist with a professional orchestra. Our rich repertoire list includes not only Baroque, Classical, and Romantic concertos, but also contemporary works specially written for young musicians.  


  • Submission consisting of video recording of approved Concerto repertoire
  • Winners will be invited to perform with the professional Sempre Musick Orchestra.


Age Categories

Applicants will be divided by age as of January 1: 
  • Elementary (10 and younger)
  • Junior (11-14)
  • Senior (15-18)
  • Collegiate (19-24)
  • Adult (25 and older)

Deadlines and Dates

    • Application and video submission deadline: April 7
    • Announcement of results: by April 12
    • Recital fee submission deadline: April 15
    • Master class with Conductor: April 20 – May 22
    • Winners’ Recitals will be held in Andover, MA:
      • May 25, May 26, or May 27 (Memorial Day), or June 8
      • Schedule will be determined by May 1 upon receipt of recital fees.  
      • Participants must be available to perform on any of these dates.


Application Fee: $150.

Winners’ Recital fees:

  • Performance with string orchestra:
    • Repertoire up to 3 minutes long: fixed fee of $350.
    • Repertoire up to 5 minutes long: fixed fee of $550.  
    • Repertoire longer than 5 minutes: estimated cost $105 / minute.  
  • Additional instrumentation, including winds and timpani: recital fees will be quoted.

To reduce the cost of performance, Sempre Musick offers strings-only versions of many Concertos. Please Contact Us with any repertoire questions.

Recital Fees include:

    • Master class with the Sempre Musick Orchestra Conductor (remote, 15 to 30 minutes, based on selected repertoire)
    • Live rehearsal with the orchestra for all performers on the day of the Recital
    • Two complimentary tickets to Winners’ Recital (additional tickets will be available for purchase)

All fees paid are non-refundable.

Awards and Prizes

  • All contestants will receive an Award Certificate or Certificate of Participation, and judge comments.  
  • First, Second, and Third Place Winners of the Competition will be invited to perform live with the Sempre Musick Orchestra.
  • Grand Prix winner will be invited to perform with the NH Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2024-2025 concert season.
  • Special Award: Solo appearance with the Nashua Chamber Orchestra (New Hampshire) in the 2024-2025 concert season: one contestant will be selected. 
  • Sempre Musick Rising Artist Award: one contestant may be selected to perform with the Sempre Musick Orchestra with a full scholarship. 
  • Special Music Awards:
    • Special award for best performance of a composition by Timothy Brown.
    • Special award for best performance of a composition by Romeo Melloni.
    • Special award for best performance of a composition by Alexander Peskanov.
  • Additional prizes and awards may be announced!

Winners' Recital

  • Winners must be available to perform on any of these dates, as will be determined by Sempre Musick after receipt of recital fee. Dates cannot be changed.
  • No warm-up spaces will be available at the concert venues.
  • Performers: formal attire required. 


  • No repertoire changes are allowed after registration.
  • Decision of the judges is final.
  • Additional details may be added closer to the event.

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