Date: Sunday, January 8, 2017

Time: Beginning at 1:00 pm

Place: Mesa Community College


Competitors from the Young Musicians Competition (YMC) on Saturday are only eligible to be a Scholarship Audition contestant on Sunday if they (1) placed within their instrument category and (2) completed the scholarship portion of their application upon submission. The number of eligible scholarship contestants from each category is based on equal proportions of each category’s total competitors to the total number of Saturday YMC senior division competitors. {For example: 22 category A competitors out of a total of 76 YMC senior division competitors = 4 eligible category A scholarship contestants out of a total 15 scholarship contestants. 6 category B competitors out of a total of 76 YMC senior division competitors = 1 eligible category B scholarship contestant out of the total 15 scholarship contestants.} The number of contestants competing on Sunday may vary up to a total of 15.

Requirements for All Instruments

1. Submission of completed Scholarship Application Form at the time of submitting the Concerto Application.
2. Placed within their category in the YMC Senior Division, based on the equal proportions described above.
3. Two solos = 1) the concerto played in the Young Musicians Competition; and 2) a contrasting* piece (see below).
4. Three copies of both solos with all measures numbered and reductions to the score marked.
5. No changes may be made to scholarship repertoire after November 9, 2016.
6. Each contestant will have 15 minutes of playing time which includes the concerto, followed by the contrasting piece.  Selections that are written with accompaniment must be performed that way, and students must provide their own accompanist.

Contrasting Piece

In addition to performing the memorized concerto played for the Young Musicians Competition on Saturday, the contestant will need to play a contrasting piece that demonstrates BOTH:
• a contrasting style, that is, fast and technical if memorized concerto is slow and lyrical AND
• is from a different period (Example: Romantic if memorized concerto is Baroque or Classical)
The contrasting piece does NOT have to be memorized, nor does it have to be on the repertoire listing.


Percussionists, for their contrasting piece, will need to play a solo that demonstrates skill on one of the remaining percussion instruments – timpani, mallet keyboard, snare or multiple percussion. [Example: If the concerto is played on a mallet instrument the remaining solo must be played on either timpani, snare drum or multiple percussion.]


Contestants are ranked by judges as to overall musical talent and preparedness for performing their concerto with The Phoenix Symphony. After the last performance on Sunday and judge’s deliberation, the following awards will be announced: Grand Prize; Clotilde Otranto Prize; and Ranking for the Camp Scholarship Awards.


Grand Prize and Clotilde Otranto Prize:

  • Prizes are awarded based on consideration of the following criteria:
  • Highest ranked contestant who has not previously received the Grand Prize or Clotilde Otranto Prize.
  • To be eligible for the Clotilde Otranto Prize, the contestant must be a current member of the Phoenix Youth Symphony Orchestral Training Program.
  • The Grand Prize and Clotilde Otranto Prize cannot be awarded to the same contestant in the same year.
  • No contestant can win the Grand Prize or the Clotilde Otranto Prize more than once.
  • Grand Prize and Clotilde Otrantro Prize winners will perform their concerto accompanied by The Phoenix Symphony on March 26, 2017.  Check that you are available for BOTH rehearsals before signing up:
    Rehearsals:  Wednesday, March 15, 2016 at 6:30 pm and Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 9:30 am.
  • Grand Prize, Clotilde Otranto Prize and Senior first place winners from Saturday are to perform at the Competition Winner’s Luncheon on February 14, 2017 at 11:00 am.

Camp Scholarship Awards: The Camp Scholarships are offered to contestants in order of rank resulting from the Scholarship Auditions. The total number of scholarships offered depends on the camps selected and funds available. There is no guarantee that all Sunday contestants will be offered camp scholarships. No contestant may attend a camp more than twice. Contestants who have been offered a scholarship, must accept or decline their scholarship within two (2) days of notification of being offered a scholarship.

Camp scholarship values range from $700-$8,000.  Camps vary from year to year and specific camp information will be provided upon announcement of ranking.   No monetary award will be given in lieu of the camp scholarship.

Decision of the Scholarship Audition judges is final.


Scholarships are usually available to us from the following music camps (at estimated values based on summer 2015):

     Adamant Music School (Piano), Adamant, Vermont                               $3000

     Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Lenox, Massachusetts          $2885-$6770

     Brevard Music Center, Brevard, North Carolina                                       $6300

     Eastern Music Festival, Greensboro, North Carolina                               $5460

     Greenwood Music Camp, Cummington, Massachusetts                          $6100

     Idyllwild, California                                                                                         $2850

     Illinois Summer Youth Music, Utabana Illinois                                        $650

     Innsbrook Institute, Innsbrook, Missouri                                                  $1100

     Interlochen Arts Camp, Interlochen, Michigan                                         $8380

     Lamont Summer Music Academy, Denver, Colorado                              $1995

     Madeline Island Music Camp, Madeline Island, Wisconsin                  $3198

     String Quartet Camp and Bass Workshop, Mesa, AZ                                $265

Download printable copy of “Scholarship Rules and Regulations” HERE.