Pedro González Concerto Competition

All students of orchestral instruments or piano are invited to enter the Pedro González  Concerto Competition, held in the first week of the Festival. Competition 1st prize winner will be featured with the Miramar Symphony Orchestra during the second week, 2nd and 3rd are eligible for the Pedro González Music Scholarship awards for the following summer.

The concerto competition entry form is contained in the student registration form.

Listed below are some of the questions you may have about the event. If we missed your questions, please contact the office by clicking here.

Q: Who can participate in the Concerto Competition?
A: Anyone currently enrolled in the PRSMF who plays an orchestral instrument or piano. All ages are welcome.

Q: Is there a repertoire list, or can I play anything?
There is no set repertoire list, but selections must have an available orchestral accompaniment by rental or purchase at a reasonable rate. Works may be a single movement of a multi-movement work (such as a Mozart Violin Concerto movement) or a stand-alone work (without movements, such as Carnival of Venice for trumpet) of no more than 15 minutes duration. Careful consideration should be put into choosing a piece. For example, a work requiring extensive orchestral rehearsal time, or one with limited audience appeal, might hinder a candidate’s chances.

Q: How are applications judged?
Students are judged on their artistry and mastery, and the judges’ assessment of which performances will best represent the Festival.

Q: Do I have to let the PRSMF Staff know that I want to apply before the Festival begins?
A: Yes. To enter, fill out the web form AND upload a scanned copy of the piano accompaniment no later April 29, 2017.

Q: Can I use music?
A: No. All performers in the Concerto Competition must play from memory.

Q: What do I do about an accompanist?
A: The Festival will supply an accompanist. You will have a short rehearsal before the first round. You must provide an original copy of the piano accompaniment music for the competition.

Q: When do I audition?
Preliminary and final auditions will be held during the first week of the Festival, so come prepared to audition.

Q: What happens if I win?
You will perform with the Miramar Symphony Orchestra during the second week of the Music Festival. Competition winners are eligible for the Pedro Gonzalez Music Scholarship awards for the following summer. Prizes will be presented at the concert.

Q: How do I enter?
A: Enter the competition by filling out the entry form contained in the student forms. You will need to upload a PDF of the piano accompaniment. Deadline is Friday, April 29 , 2017.