Solo Competition

Each year since its founding, the West Suburban Symphony Society has proudly provided an opportunity each season for high-school instrumentalists and vocalists to compete to perform a solo work with orchestra.

The winner of our 2018-19 competition - our 72nd - will receive a $500 cash prize and will perform with the orchestra at our May 5, 2019, concert in Hinsdale. The competition is open to string, woodwind and brass instrumentalists and to vocalists.

Entrants' pieces may be 8 minutes to 15 minutes in length, and have orchestra accompaniments that call for an orchestra with full strings and as many as 3 flutes/piccolos, 3 oboes/English horns, 3 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 1 contrabassoon, 4 horns, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, 1 harp, 1 keyboard instrument, 2 saxophones, 1 set of timpani, and standard percussion instruments.

Applications for the 2018-19 competition, including an audio audition recording, must be postmarked by January 9, 2019. Live auditions for finalists will take place on Saturday afternoon, February 23, 2019, in La Grange. Details and the entry form can be downloaded here.

Contact us if you have questions!