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 19-20 academic year: Application will be available on September 14th, 2019

Application Available Online and at the Prep Office: Saturday, September 14, 2019

Applications Due: Saturday, October 12, 2019

Preliminary Round: Sunday, November 3, 2019

Final Round: Sunday, November 10, 2019


Download the 2019-2020 Concerto Competition Application here to view full competition information and complete the form.

Application available September 14, 2019

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Previous Winners


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


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


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