Prep Concerto Competition

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 a minimum of 24 private lessons a year through the NEC Preparatory School for at least one academic year prior to the competition. Conductors may select additional competition prizewinners to perform as soloists. Application forms will be available in the Prep Office in the fall.

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

Important Dates

For the 18-19 academic year:

Application Available Online and at the Prep Office: Saturday, September 15

Applications Due: Saturday, October 13

Preliminary Round: Sunday, November 4

Final Round: Sunday, November 11

Application

Download the 2018-2019 Concerto Competition Application here to view full competition information and complete the form.

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Previous Winners

2018-2019

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 concerto competition winners!

Category A
Adalia Wen, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major

Category B
Eleanor Markey, Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen for Violin and Orchestra

Category C
William Chen, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat

Category D
Haley Kwoun, Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto No. 1

2017-2018

Congratulations to our 2017-2018 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

2016-2017

Congratulations to our 2016-2017 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