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Competition Date: Saturday January 20th, 2024

Please read the following regulations carefully and keep this notice for reference.

Eligible instruments include all instruments and voice. Only FULL TIME students are eligible to compete in the competition. “Junior” competitors are high school age and younger, while the “Open” class is for any full time student of any age. Previous Junior winners must compete in the Open class. Previous Open winners are not eligible to compete.

Chosen Repertoire, include Composer’s name and full title (two contrasting selections for voice applicants, single movement for junior instrumental applicants and full concerto for senior instrumental applicants) must not exceed 2222 2200 timp strings. If you are unsure of the instrumentation of your concerto, please email us at

A list of repertoire can be found on our website – this is not an exclusive list – just a number of works that do work for our instrumentation. You are allowed to compete with any piece that fits 2222 2200 timp strings.

Piano accompanist is required for the competition. Accompanists are not provided; if you need assistance finding an accompanist for the competition, please contact us via email.

Memorization is not required.

All applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to compete in the concerto competition.

Winning competitors must be available to perform your chosen repertoire in concert with the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra on Sunday April 16, 2023 (3:00pm), as well as attend the dress rehearsal on Saturday April 15, 2023 (9:30am), and one or more evening rehearsals (date and time TBA). The cash prize is awarded following your concert performance, and is contingent upon this performance (for first place winners). Should you miss your scheduled rehearsal or the dress rehearsal, you may be asked to not perform on the concert – in which case the cash prize will not be awarded.

You are expected to perform your chosen repertoire exactly as specified on the application; any changes to your competition repertoire must be approved in advance of the competition.

The panel reserves the right to cancel any class that does not receive a minimum of three applicants. Applicants will be notified of any class cancellation by January 13, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact us via email at:

Download the Rules and Regulations PDF here.