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Drake Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition

The Drake Concerto Competition is held each fall and is open to any Drake student who studies with Drake applied faculty. Winners of the competition perform a concerto, shorter piece written for orchestra and solo instrument, or opera arias with the Drake Symphony Orchestra at the spring concert. 

Saturday, November 5, 2022
10:00 am* Sheslow Auditorium
Entry Deadline: Friday, October 28 at 10:00 pm

● Competition is open to any Drake students currently taking lessons from an applied Drake faculty.
● Applicants must seek approval from their applied music teacher before entering the competition.
● Participants should perform an entire concerto, movement(s) of a concerto, or a shorter piece written for orchestra and solo instrument(s). Piece should not exceed 15 minutes.
● Vocalists may perform two opera or oratorio arias, or a piece written for orchestra and voice.  Total performance time for both pieces should not exceed 15 minutes.
● Judges may ask to hear only selected portions of the piece(s).
● Participants may compete as an individual soloist, or as part of a concerto for multiple instruments. Competing as both will not be allowed.
● Students are responsible for providing their own accompanist for this competition. (Make sure your accompanist is available!)
● All participants must submit a pdf copy of the piano score (not just the solo part!) of their piece to Prof. Aguero via email no later than Friday, October 28th at 10:00 pm.
● Memorization is optional.

Applications should be submitted via the google from link below:

Deadline to enter is Friday, October 27 at 10:00 pm. (No exceptions!)

The final audition schedule will be emailed to all applicants the following week.
Questions may be directed to Prof. Aguero:

Selected soloist(s) will be featured on the Spring 2023 Drake Symphony Orchestra concert(s)on May 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Sheslow Auditorium (dress rehearsals will be the previous Tuesday). Winner(s) must be available for both concert and dress rehearsal dates/times.
Conductor reserves the right to suggest an alternate concerto or piece for the actual concert.

*Competition begins at 10:00 am in Sheslow Auditorium and will last until the last applicant has played. Applicants should arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled performance time.

Honors Recital Competition

The Drake Student Honors Recital Auditions are held every fall semester.  Auditions are on Saturday, October, 29, 2022.  The Honors Recital will be held on Friday, February 3, 2023 at 7:30 PM in Sheslow

Students may audition for the Honors recital competition on two different instruments in the same competition but may only be accepted as a winner for one solo performance. However, students may be accepted as a winner as both a solo and ensemble performer. Previous winners of the Music Department Honors Recital Competition may compete in subsequent years.

Depending on the length of the selection(s), participants will be expected to perform one or two movements of a work. Total performance time should not exceed 12 minutes. Both solo and chamber ensembles are encouraged to audition.

Available music faculty members will serve as judges. The primary criterion for selection to the Student Honors Recital is a performance of outstanding quality. Selected soloists and chamber ensembles will be featured on the Drake Music Department Student Honors Recital in Sheslow Auditorium in the spring semester.

Click here to register for the Drake student honors recital auditions.

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