College Concerto Competition
The Reno Chamber Orchestra’s twenty-sixth annual College Concerto Competition will take place on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Nightingale Concert Hall. Starting time for the Competition is T.B.A. based on the number of competitors.
The RCO’s College Concerto Competition is the only competition of its kind in the state of Nevada. The participants, who must either attend a Nevada college or be a Nevada resident attending college out of state, compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to appear as soloist with the RCO in one of its regular season concerts. Competitors will receive detailed written comments on their performance from the distinguished panel of judges. Past Competition participants have gone on to significant careers as soloists, orchestral musicians, and teachers. Many RCO enthusiasts regard the College Concerto Competition as one of the highlights of the music year. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome to attend.
At the judges’ discretion, the first-prize winner of the 2015 College Concerto Competition will perform with the RCO at its concerts on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
If you are a college student interested in competing, you can download (pdf format):
For more information, contact Scott Faulkner, RCO Executive Director, at (775) 348-9413 or by email.
The College Concerto Competition, and the RCO concerts at which the Competition winner performs, are made possible by a generous grant from The Bretzlaff Foundation.
Flutist Carmella Cao was the first prize winner in the RCO’s 25th annual College Concerto Competition, which took place Sunday, January 26, 2014 at UNR’s Nightingale Concert Hall. Ms. Cao, now pursuing her doctorate degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a former student at the University of Nevada, Reno, won the Competition with her performance of Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto. She performed with the Reno Chamber Orchestra at the closing concerts of the RCO’s 2013-14 season on April 26 and 27, 2014. Read more about Ms. Cao in this article from the UNLV Libraries website. The Competition’s second prize went to flutist Michelle Griffin, a University of Nevada, Reno student. Third prize went to trumpet player Jef Derderian, also of UNR. The RCO extends its congratulations and thanks to all nine Competition participants.
From left to right: Flutist Carmella Cao (2014 Competition winner), violist Kayleigh Miller (2012-13 Competition winner), cellist Matt Linaman (2012 Competition winner), and violist Molly Carr (2010-11 Competition winner), performing with the Reno Chamber Orchestra.