Saturday, Nov 4, 2023
12:00 - 4:00 pm
Hudson Hall in the Rogers Music Center

Application deadline:  Friday October 13, 2023

General Information

  • The competition will be held on Saturday, Nov 4, 2023, 12:00-4:00 pm in Hudson. The winner will perform with the University Chamber Orchestra (UCO) on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at 7:30 pm
  • The competition is open to all full-time Willamette University students. Full-time status must be maintained for both Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters.
  • All instrumental and vocal students are encouraged to apply.
  • There is a limited amount of time for the competition. Therefore, only 20 competitors will be placed in the competition.
  • Competition time slots are 10 minutes, including setup. No exceptions.
  • The list of contestants will be determined by the date and time that your fully completed application is submitted online – first-received, first-accepted. The Ensemble Assistant(s) will organize the application intake process. 
  • Applications submitted after the available slots have been filled will be placed on a waiting list in the order received.
  • If a participant is deemed ineligible or chooses not to compete, their place will be taken by the next student on the waiting list. 

Repertoire Requirements

  • Solo repertoire must be suitable for performance by a standard chamber or string orchestra. Orchestral parts for solo selections must be readily available.
  • Publisher information is required for any works that are not in the public domain.
  • Appropriate cuts in orchestral “tutti”s should be made to maximize solo performance time during the competition time slot. The winner(s) will perform their competition piece “uncut” in the orchestral performance.
  •  Memorization is not required, however strongly encouraged. 


  • All competitors must be accompanied by a pianist. 
  • Please upload your accompaniment part to the form below at latest three weeks in advance of the competition date [by Oct 13]. The uploaded file must be a PDF.


Jury Decisions

The competition will be judged by a panel of external music professionals. The jury will select a soloist and will have the right to withhold the selection of a winner if no contestant is deemed ready for a public performance. Jury decisions are final.



The contest winner will perform one movement of chosen work. Shorter single-movement works or works requiring two or more soloists are acceptable. Soloists must be available to rehearse with the conductor, and attend regularly scheduled orchestra rehearsals as needed.


One submission per person.
Firstcome, first-served. Responses are time-stamped.  

Final application deadline:  Wednesday October 13, 2023.


Contact the Director of Instrumental Music at with any questions.

Competition winners

View previous year's winners.

Willamette University

Music Department

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Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
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