Concerto Competition Overview

Rules and Regulations

Mandate and Vision:

To recognize excellence in musical aptitude and achievement among young musicians, while providing competition winners with exposure through the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Oakville Chamber Orchestra.

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be under 21 years for instrumentalists and under 25 years for vocalists on the final competition day
  • Must be Canadian citizen or Landed Immigrant
  • Reside in the province of Ontario
  • Previous year Grand Prize winners may not re-apply to the same category


Competition Categories:

Applicants are categorized as follows to ensure fair competition:

  • Junior (17 years and under for instrumentalists. Vocalists compete in the Senior category)
  • Senior (21 years and under for instrumentalists, 25 years and under for vocalists)


Junior applicants are welcome to compete in the Senior category, though it is important to understand that all applicants in the Senior category will be judged at the same standard, regardless of age. Entrants may compete in one category only.


Competition Repertoire/Music Selection:

  • Junior: must perform one movement of a concerto memorized
  • Senior: instrumentalists must perform an entire concerto memorized, vocalists must perform a suite of arias equivalent to 10 minutes’ performance time memorized


Competitors may enter the competition with any concerto of their choice, but should they win a prize based on their performance of a concerto composed for large orchestra they will be asked to select another work to perform in concert (refer to 1st place awards under Awards and Recognition). Only works for performance with chamber orchestra are eligible for performance in concert with the Oakville Chamber Orchestra. A chamber orchestra can be defined as instrumentation for maximum 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 French horns, 2 trumpets, timpani plus up to 2 additional percussionists, keyboard, and string orchestra representing 12 violins, 3 violas, 3 cellos, 2 double basses.



 Awards and Recognition*:


  • 1st place: $500 cheque
  • 2nd place: $300 cheque
  • 3rd place: $200 cheque


  • 1st place: $500 cheque
  • 2nd place: $300 cheque
  • 3rd place: $200 cheque

Finest Oakville-based musician (applicant must officially reside in Oakville at time of competition):

  • $500 cheque (this award can be won in combination with another award)


All placed winners also receive the opportunity to perform their concerto with the Oakville Chamber Orchestra during the following season, and the opportunity to serve as an ambassador, or liaison, representing the Oakville Chamber Orchestra to the public.

Applicants must arrange for their own piano accompaniment, and are responsible for related costs.


Application Process and Competition Procedure:

A non-refundable $40 processing fee (payable by cheque or via the competition’s Eventbrite site) must be included with the application submission. Application deadline is April 20, 2017, by which date the application, processing fee, and video URL of performance must be submitted.  There is no deadline extension.

The competition takes place across 2 rounds, the second round serving as the final round.

Round 1: As part of the application process, each applicant must submit a video of themselves performing their piece with piano accompaniment which will be play-listed on the Oakville Chamber Orchestra’s YouTube page ( The Jury (a panel of 3 nationally-recognized musician judges in addition to the Oakville Chamber Orchestra’s Music Director) reviews each applicant’s video and selects which performances will proceed to the next round. Videos of those applicants who will be proceed to the next round will be removed from the page. Round 1 daedline is April 20, 2017.

Final Round (Round 2): Applicants who qualify for this round will be invited to perform their piece live with their piano accompanist (at cost to the applicant) for a jury of nationally-recognized musicians, led by Oakville Chamber Orchestra Music Director Charles Demuynck. Round 2 takes place on May 27, 2017 at Robert Lowrey Piano Experts: 943 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, ON, M4G 4B5.


Application Form:

CLICK HERE to apply online!


The Jury (Judges) reserve the right to not award any winners in a given category if it is determined that performance quality is not at standard.

OCO reserves the right to use the applicant’s image in promotional material.

 Contact Us:

We welcome all questions and comments! We invite you to visit the Oakville Chamber Orchestra’s website at, and/or email us at

For other queries, please contact:

Alberto Munarriz, General Manager
Oakville Chamber Orchestra
PO Box 76036, 1500 Upper Middle Rd. West, Oakville, ON, L6M 3H5

The Oakville Chamber Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the generous support of:

Oakville Optimist Club_mdPresenting Sponsor:

The Optimist Club of Oakville



Venue Sponsor:

Robert Lowrey Piano Experts





OCF & Larry & Gerry Wilson FundScholarship Presenter:

Gerry and Larry Wilson

Oakville Community Foundation


Scholarship Presenter:

Ms. Georgina Langs