Youth Concerto Competition Overview

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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 (OCO).


Applicants must:

  • be under 21 years of age for instrumentalists, and under 25 years of age for vocalists on or before December 31st, 2018
  • 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.

YCC Categories

Applicants are categorized as follows to ensure fair competition:

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


NOTE: Entrants may compete in one category only. Applicants 17 years of age and under may opt to compete in the Senior category, however, it is important to understand that all applicants in the Senior category will be judged at the same standard, regardless of age.

Repertoire / Music Selection

  • Junior — Entrants 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 of
    performance time, memorized.


NOTE: Applicants must arrange for their own piano accompaniment, and are responsible for related costs. Applicants may enter the competition with any concerto of their choice, but should they win a prize based on their performance of a concerto not composed for a full orchestra they will be asked to select another work to perform in concert with the Oakville Chamber Orchestra. (Please see 1st place awards under Awards and Recognition below.) Only works for performance by a chamber orchestra are eligible for performance in concert with the OCO.

For this purpose, a chamber orchestra is defined as: maximum 2 flutes; 2 oboes; 2 clarinets; 2 bassoons; 2 French horns; 2 trumpets; timpani, plus up to 2 additional percussionists; 1 keyboard; 12 violins; 3 violas; 3 cellos; and 2 double basses. Continue