Solo Competition

Each year since its founding, the West Suburban Symphony Society has proudly provided an opportunity for high-school musicians to compete to perform a solo work with orchestra. The competition is open to string, woodwind and brass instrumentalists and to vocalists, with a $500 prize to the winner.

The winner of our 2019-20 competition - our 73rd - will perform with the orchestra at our May 3, 2020, concert in Hinsdale.

  • The other pieces on the program are Tchaikovsky's Symphony 5 and Smetana's Bartered Bride Overture. Accordingly, the accompaniment for the winner's piece may call for wind and percussion sections of the following maximum sizes: 3 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, and 1 set of timpani.
  • Prospective entrants are encouraged to contact us so that we can confirm that it is possible to perform the accompaniment for their intended solo with orchestra musicians who are playing the concert.

Applications for the 2019-20 competition can be downloaded here and will be due back January 8, 2020, with audition recordings. Live auditions for finalists will be February 22, 2020, in La Grange.

Contact us if you have questions!