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.

We anticipate that applications for our 2018-19 competition, include an audio audition recording, will be due in early January 2019, with live auditions for finalists to follow in late January or early February. The entrance fee will be $20. Details will be available here soon.

Contact us if you have questions!