Announcing 20-21 Kent State University Orchestra Concerto Competition Guidelines

Kent, OH — The Kent State University Orchestra and Jungho Kim, director of orchestra, announces new guidelines for the 20-21 KSU Orchestra concerto competition. Due to COVID-19, the competition will be held virtually this fall, with competitors supplying video recordings. Potential participants are strongly advised to consult their applied teacher and Kim on repertoire selections as works requiring a large ensemble are more difficult to perform under the current circumstances. 


  • Undergraduate and graduate music majors who are enrolled in applied lessons in the School of Music are eligible to enter.
  • Previous winners of the Student Soloists Competition are not eligible to audition again in the same category (undergraduate/graduate).
  • A previous winner in the undergraduate category who is now pursuing their master's degree may audition again for consideration in the graduate category.


There are two categories, one for undergraduate students and one for graduate students.

The final auditions for both categories will be held on the same day. The schedule will be as follows:

  • Final auditions: Videos must be submitted by Friday, December 4, 5:00 p.m.
    • Performance videos can be uploaded on the internet (YouTube, Google Drive, etc.).
    • Links to the video must be sent to Director of Orchestra at
  • Preliminary auditions: Results must be available by Monday, Nov. 30 at 11:00 p.m.
    • Faculty members of each performance division will hold preliminary rounds to best suite the number and availability of their competing students. Preliminary auditions may be in person or virtual, pending decisions of faculty members in each division.
  • Performance: Spring of 2021, date TBD
  • Graduate Division: For multi-movement works, such as concertos, the entire work should be performed for both the audition and the performance. The conductor may make some exceptions. Substantial individual opera or oratorio arias may be submitted.
  • Undergraduate Division: Single movements from multi-movement works, such as concertos, may be submitted. If an undergraduate student chooses to perform a complete multi-­‐movement work, all movements must be presented at both the preliminary auditions and the final auditions.

View and Download the Complete Concerto Competition Guide

POSTED: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 1:58pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 28, 2020 - 6:18pm
Andrew Paa