Calling all high school instrumental and vocalists!

Posted on September 19th, 2017 by

Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, Ruth Lin, conductor

The search is on for phenomenal high school musicians interested in competing for a solo spot with the renowned Gustavus Symphony Orchestra. The second annual Concerto/Aria Competition for High School Musicians provides a unique musical experience for stand-out high school instrumental or vocalists.

Not only will the the winner get  the chance to perform as a soloist with the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra in concert, but all finalists receive a free lesson with Gustavus faculty and a guaranteed music scholarship, should they choose to attend Gustavus in the future. 

Gustavus Symphony Orchestra conductor, Dr. Ruth Lin, says this is an opportunity for high school musicians to expand their musical horizons. As a high school student she received a similar opportunity and feels it’s important for students to have that same chance to perform at the highest possible level. “While working with an accompanist is valuable, it’s definitely a different experience hearing a full orchestra behind you. It can truly be a life-changing experience,” she says.

Rebecca Tank, winner of the 2016-2017 Concerto/Aria Competition for High School Musicians, says it was a learning experience that she was only able to have through the opportunity to perform with the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra. “Playing with the ensemble was new to me, but ensemble work is just as important as solo work; you need to be able to work with other people. Playing with the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra helped me strengthen that skill,” she says.

Applications are accepted through noon on November 1 and include the application form and an online recording submission. For more information, please visit the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra website.


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