2024 Solo and Ensemble with Orchestra Competition Info

Sempre Musick offers young musicians the unique opportunity to play with professional orchestra without having to learn specific concerto repertoire.

Sempre Musick commissioned professional composers to create orchestral accompaniment to popular classical masterpieces, without changing a single note in the original scores. We also offer a list of original compositions by contemporary composers. 

About

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

Eligibility

  • Open to all ages.
  • International applicants welcome.
  • Repertoire selection: one movement from the Solo and Ensemble with Orchestra Pre-Approved Repertoire List.
  • Memorization is required for “solo with orchestra” repertoire.
  • Memorization is not required for “ensemble with orchestra” repertoire. 
  • Applicants are eligible to apply to multiple Sempre Musick events.

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 1
  • Announcement of results: by April 12
  • Recital fee submission deadline: April 15
  • Winners’ Recitals will be held in Andover, MA:
    • May 25, May 26, May 27 (Memorial Day), or June 8
    • Schedule will be determined by May 1, after receipt of recital fees.
    • Participants must be available to perform on any of these dates.

Fees

  • Application Fee: $125.
  • Winner’s Recital fees:
    • Repertoire choice up to 2 minutes long, performed with string orchestra: fixed fee of $250.
    • Repertoire choice up to 3 minutes long, performed with string orchestra: fixed fee of $350.
    • For additional instrumentation and repertoire over 3 minutes, recital fees will be quoted. 
  • Winners’ Recital Fees include:
    • Live rehearsal with the orchestra (on the day of the event)
    • Two complimentary tickets to live performance.
  • All fees paid are non-refundable.

Awards and Prizes

  • All contestants will receive an Award Certificate or Certificate of Participation.  
  • First, Second, and Third Place Winners of the Competition will be invited to perform live with the Sempre Musick Orchestra.
  • Special Music Awards:
    • Special award for best performance of a composition by Timothy Brown.
    • 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. 

Rules

  • 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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