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Welcome to the 20th Annual FIU Concerto Competition!

The Florida International University School of Music would like to announce the concerto competition program and details for the 2016-2017 academic school year.

The concerto competition is made up of two rounds; a preliminary followed by a final round. The preliminary round is typically judged internally by FIU School of Music faculty. The final round is judged by external adjudicators selected and invited by the competition coordinator.

The preliminary round will select a maximum of three (3) collegiate and three (3) high school finalists. During the final round, the three (3) winners in the FIU Collegiate Division and three (3) winner in the High School Division will be announced and placed in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place categories. Selection of winners will be based on the best performance without regard to instrument. Final round is open to the public.

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The preliminary round of the competition requires that both FIU and high school students prepare and submit a preliminary round video audition, an application form, and a letter of recommendation from the ensemble director and/or private teacher. The completion application (application form, video audition, and letter of recommendation) must be submitted by the deadline of October 31, 2016 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time.


Submission Instructions:

  1. Fill out the online application listed below.
  2. Submit your preliminary round video (video should be within the last six (6) months and show accompanist) via to
  3. Submit the letter of recommendation to, with subject line, ‘Concerto Competition.’



The concerto competition is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists (band, orchestra, jazz) as well as vocalists, guitarists and pianists who have completed the regular admissions process and have been formally accepted to the School of Music.

FIU Students must be currently:

  • A music major in good standing
  • Enrolled in music applied and ensemble courses at FIU

High School students must:

  • Be a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior in good standing
  • Have a recommendation letter from your High School Ensemble Director and/or Private Teacher

The selection of one movement of a concerto, or a solo work with orchestral accompaniment (3222 -4231—Temp + Strings) must be memorized. Those selected to proceed to the concerto finals will be notified via email by November 14, 2016.



The complete application must be submitted by October 31, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. (EST)

Preliminary round candidates will be notified November 7, 2016.

Be available for final round, November 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Be available for scheduled rehearsals.

Be available for FIU Concerto Competition Concert on March 29, 2017.

Competition repertoire MUST be pre-approved by the FIU Symphony Orchestra Conductor Raffaele Livio Ponti.

Auditions must be accompanied.

Students must arrange for their own accompanist (a list may be provided to you at

Auditions must be in video format – faulty videos will be disqualified.

There is a 10-minute maximum time limit for the preliminary audition round. The jury will select the material to be heard, and the student will be informed prior to the preliminary date.

Long orchestral tuttis should be cut in the preliminary video submissions.

During the final round, chosen finalists must play the entire movement.

All contestants must be prepared to perform at least forty-five (45) minutes before the assigned time.

Concerto Competition First Place winners from previous years are not eligible to enter the competition.

Alternates from previous years remain eligible.



Both first place winners will perform with the FIU Symphony Orchestra on March 29, 2017.

The 1st place high school winner will be given a full scholarship to FIU.