College Concerto Competition
The Reno Chamber Orchestra’s twenty-seventh annual College Concerto Competition will take place on Sunday, February 21, 2016 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 Competition’s date has been changed from its original scheduled date of January 17, 2016.)
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 2016 College Concerto Competition will perform with the RCO at its concerts on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
If you are a college student interested in competing, the deadline for applying is Wednesday, February 10 at 4:00 p.m. An application form and the Competition rules are available for download (pdf format):
College Concerto Competition 2016 REVISED Application Form
College Concerto Competition 2016 REVISED Rules
For more information, contact Chris Morrison, RCO Associate 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.
Cellist Xiao Lai Zhou was the first prize winner in the RCO’s 26th annual College Concerto Competition, which took place on January 17, 2015 at UNR’s Nightingale Concert Hall. He performed Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, the piece with which he won the Competition, with the RCO and guest conductor Tomasz Golka on March 14 and 15, 2015. The Competition’s second prize went to flutist Lynn Tsai, and third prize to cellist Joseph Tatum. The RCO extends its congratulations and thanks to all the Competition participants.
From left to right: Cellist Xiao Lai Zhou (2015 Competition winner), flutist Carmella Cao (2014 Competition winner), violist Kayleigh Miller (2012-13 Competition winner), and cellist Matthew Linaman (2012 Competition winner) performing with the Reno Chamber Orchestra.