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    Students are invited to compete in a Concerto Competition each season. Winners perform with the Symphony Orchestra in their fall concert.


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Concerto Competition

Annually, the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra (DCSO) features up to three soloists in their November concert, selected through a competition.


The competition is held in September. While the application deadline is approximately two weeks before the competition, you should submit your application as soon as possible. Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances. Download the application (PDF).

Competition Requirements

  • You must submit a competition application (PDF) by the deadline.
  • Your competition performance should consist of one movement of a concerto or a similar piece (such as a concert aria or set of songs for singers) not to exceed 15 minutes in duration (including instrumental-only segments).
  • You must perform the same composition for the competition that you will perform in November if selected. You are strongly encouraged to memorize the piece for the competition, as the judges may look more favorably on those who have their pieces memorized.
  • Professor Tara Villa Keith will determine whether the piece is within the abilities of the DCSO.
  • Applicants are urged to communicate their chosen piece as early as possible so that Professor Tara Villa Keith will have the opportunity to respond in a timely manner.


All Davidson College students are eligible to compete, with a few exceptions:

  • Former winning individual soloists may not compete again as soloists, but may compete as a part of a duet or trio.
  • Past winners that were part of a duet or trio may compete again either with a different duet or trio or as an individual soloist.
  • If you have already won the competition twice, as a soloist or part of a group, you are no longer eligible.


The Music Department accompanist will provide the accompaniment on the day of the competition. However, you must submit, with your application, the original score of the accompaniment for your piece. Please refer to the accompanist guidelines in the Music Department Handbook.


The winners will be determined by a panel of judges who are not affiliated with the Music Department.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Professor Tara Villa Keith.