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Clear Lake Symphony

2019 - 2020 Season Youth Concerto Competition & Rules

The Clear Lake Symphony will sponsor a Competition among area instrumental and piano music students, and will feature the outstanding student soloists in concert on March 20, 2020.

The aim of the Competition is to enhance music performance and appreciation by:
♦  encouraging promising students to prepare high quality performance materials
♦  aiding instrumental and piano teachers in the Houston/Galveston Metro Area in so encouraging their students
♦  provide opportunities for the students to perform with the Clear Lake Symphony before a live audience

Scholarship Awards
Scholarship awards will be granted to the winner of each category in each Division.


ELIGIBILITY Any student residing in the Houston/Galveston Metro area is eligible to enter the Competition.  A student who wins the competition is ineligible to perform in the competition the following year.  A former Concerto Competition winner must wait for one (1) year before re-entering.

JUNIOR             DIVISION Students not having reached the of age 15 by September 1, 2019.

SENIOR          DIVISION Students having reached the age 15, but not having reached the age of 19 by September 1, 2019.

CATEGORIES There are three separately judged instrumental categories in each division.
   1) Winds & Percussion
   2) Strings
   3) Piano

REPERTOIRE Any movement of a large work for solo instrument and orchestra is acceptable, provided that an orchestration is readily available for the Symphony's use.  All selections are subject to the approval of the Clear Lake Symphony Conductor.  Memory is suggested but not required.

ORCHESTRATION It is the contestant's responsibility to determine, before their application is submitted, whether or not an orchestration for their piece is for the performance.  If no orchestration is available, they should choose another piece with which to audition and perform.

COMPETITION  Each contestant must arrange for piano accompaniment using piano reduction for the orchestration.  Contestants should bring an original copy of the music for the judges to view during the competition.  The piece must be limited to no more than 12 minutes.  The Competition Coordinator has the authority to make binding decisions regarding conformity to competition regulations.

JUDGING If no performance in a category is deemed acceptable by the judges for the first place award, no scholarship will be awarded in that category.

PERFORMANCE WITH THE CLS Each of the winners will be invited to perform with the Symphony.  Other outstanding contestants may be invited to perform as time and programming permit.  The concert will be March 20, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS Each of the winners is eligible for a scholarship award.  Each winner must submit a letter describing how the award will be used to continue his/her musical education.  Awards will be granted after receipt of the letter and after the winners have performed at the March 20, 2020 Concert.

APPLICATIONS For an application form, contact BECKY MERRITT (Competition Coordinator) on the Symphony Hotline at: (713) 639-0702 or click here "Youth Concerto Competition Application".

Application to enter the Competition must be made in writing on the "Application Form".  A $40 non-refundable fee, payable to Clear Lake Symphony, must accompany the application and must be post marked by November 25, 2019.

Submit the application form to the following address:

Attn: Becky Merritt
P.O. Box 890582
Houston, TX 77289-0582

COMPETITION  The Competition will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020.  The Competition will be held at the University Baptist Church unless otherwise noted later on this site.  Audition times will be mailed out to the contestants no later than December 7, 2020.

University Baptist Church
16106 Middlebrook Drive
Houston, TX  77059

FOR QUESTIONS Please leave a message for BECKY MERRITT (Competition -Coordinator) on the Symphony Hotline at (281) 723-8010.
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For information on CLS, contact Bob Wall at clsbob@aol.com

Last Updated: 07/02/2018