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Prep Concerto Competition

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The NEC Prep Concerto Competition, open to all ages and instruments, is held every year in November. Several prizes are awarded in each orchestral category, and the winner performs with one of the orchestras (JRO, YRO, YS, or YPO). Students are selected to participate by faculty recommendation. The student must have been taking full-time private lessons through the NEC Preparatory School for at least one academic year prior to the competition. Conductors may select additional competition prizewinners or orchestra members to perform as soloists. Application forms will be available in the Prep Office in the fall.

The Early Music Department also holds a yearly Baroque Concerto Competition for woodwind, brass, and vocal students.

Important Dates

For the 17-18 academic year

Applications Due: Saturday, October 14

Preliminary Round: Sunday, November 5

Final Round: Sunday, November 12

NEC Prep Concerto Competition Application

This is the application form for the 17-18 NEC Prep Concerto Competition. Please download the application to view the complete guidelines for this year's competition.

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2017-2018 Winners

Congratulations to our 2017-18 concerto competition winners!

Category A
Fei Yang-Sady, Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor

Category B
Hyeonuk Park, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2

Category C
Haley Kwoun, Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor

Category D
Christine Huang, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major

2016-17 Winners

Congratulations to our 2016-17 concerto competition winners!

Category A
Keila Wakao with Mozart’s Violin Concerto No 3 in G major

Category B
Isabel Chin with Barber’s Violin Concerto

Category C
Niav Maher with Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 

Category D
Austin Kwoun with Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto in A minor

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