Gustavus Announces First Concerto/Aria Competition for High School Musicians

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by

concertoaria-posterThe Department of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College is pleased to announce the first Concerto/Aria Competition for high school musicians. The competition is open to instrumentalists and vocalists in high school (9-12) who are currently taking lessons. The winner of the competition will receive a Music Scholarship at Gustavus and will perform with the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ruth Lin, in Jussi Björling Recital Hall on Saturday, April 22 at 1:30. Audition recordings must be submitted by December 1 along with application materials found at: 2017 Gustavus Concerto/Aria Competition.

Students should select a concerto or aria written for solo instrument or voice with orchestral accompaniment approved by their applied teacher. The competition and performance time is limited to 15 minutes and the musician may choose to perform either the entire work or selected movement(s) for the competition.

To apply for the Gustavus Concerto/Aria Competition for High School Students, interested students should complete the application and submit a recording online before December 1. The application fee is $20 aand students with financial need may apply to waive the fee by contacting Dr. Ruth Lin. Members of the Gustavus Department of Music will determine up to five finalists from the first round. Finalists will be announced via email by December 15. The 2nd round of the competition taking place on February 13, 2017, when the finalists will be invited to the campus for a live audition. This round will include faculty who were not involved in the first round of the competition. One winner will be selected and featured on a concert with the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra on Saturday April 22, 2017, at 1:30 in Jussi Björling Recital Hall on the Gustavus campus

All finalists will receive a 30-minute lesson with a Gustavus faculty member. Students may choose to have the lesson prior to, or after the competition. Additionally, all finalists are guaranteed a Music Scholarship should he or she apply for admissions at Gustavus. The Gustavus Music Scholarships are open to all students who are interested in continuing with their musical education in college, it is NOT exclusive to students who are planning on becoming music majors.

Applications and additional information on the competition process are available online at: 2017 Gustavus Concerto/Aria Competition,  or by contacting Dr. Ruth Lin at


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