Please read all instructions carefully.
All applications must be complete and received by February 2, 2018.
Entire application should be submitted through the website and/or by email and include:
- This completed and signed form (include parental signature if under 18 year of age)
- The score of your selection (one concerto movement)
- A link to an original recorded performance of your selection on a website or in Dropbox (judges may, at their sole discretion, accept emailed files if they are able to open and access them)
- $25 application fee submitted via PayPal when you submit your online form. (Please do not use a Paypal link on any NPO website page other than the competition pages for the application fee.)
Application can be signed and submitted online via the form below or sent to email@example.com (include completed “Composition Competition Application” which you can click here to download and name of applicant in subject line)
Incomplete applications will not be considered until all materials are received, and no incomplete application will be considered after February 2, 2018.
Rules and Restrictions
Applicants must submit application, full score, link to recording of piece or midi file, and $25 application fee to be received by February 2, 2018.
Selected finalists will compete in a live performance on February 17, 2018 at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 4715 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205.
The Grand Prize and First Prize winners will be announced on February 17, 2018 at the end of the competition. Finalists must bring three (3) photocopies of the score of their selection to the live final round competition.
Applicants must be residents of middle Tennessee.
All instruments welcome.
Applicants must submit application, score, recording, and $25 application fee to be received by February 2, 2018.
The recorded piece submitted for the February 2, 2018 round must be the same piece and movement to be performed in the Final Round on February 17, 2018 as well as on the NPO concert cycle.
The music must be written for solo instrument and orchestra and be 7-15 minutes in length. The recording should be a very recent and up to date performance.
The NPO reserves the right to name a Grand Prize and First Prize winner but not have a winner perform on the season end concert cycle or any other concert cycle if the piece is not appropriate for the NPO, the cost of the rental is prohibitive, or at the discretion of the Music Director and the Competition Judges.
Any applicant under the age of 18 must have parental signature on application form.
Previous winners are not eligible.
Only complete applications will be reviewed.
The Grand Prize winner must be available as the Music Director requests for all rehearsals and concerts related to the concert cycle on which they will perform. The NPO generally rehearses Tuesday nights from 7:00-9:30 in Nashville. This year, the season end concert cycle includes performances on May 1 and May TBD.
Multiple applications by the same individual must include separate recording and application fee for each piece or instrument submitted.
All applicants must provide their own instruments (except piano) for both audition and performances.
All applicants invited to the final round on February 17 must provide an accompanist and are encouraged to have an accompanist in their recorded submission.
There are two categories in the concerto competition.
Young Adult: The young adult division is meant to include students who are currently studying in a full-time school program (pre-college or college).
Adult: The NPO is an organization whose mission is to provide amateur musicians opportunities to perform at a high-quality level. The adult division is meant to include those not currently enrolled in school who do not make their living as professional performing musicians. The NPO trusts that applicants will respect the spirit of this endeavor and use their own judgment accordingly.