Concerto Competition

Student Programs

KCMTA-Heritage Philharmonic Concerto Competition

Chair: Emily Yeh                                                                   space
Location: Schmitt Music Center
Postmark Deadline: January 10, 2017
Competition Date: February 11, 2017
Concert Date: May 6, 2017
Location: Blue Springs High School

Congratulations to the 2017 winners!

Andrew Aklagi, piano, student of Tatiana Ioudenitch
Justin Brown, alto saxophone, student of Zach Shemon


Abigail Brown, piano, student of Jim Gamble
Zofia Farley, violin, student of Chiafei Lin

Honorable Mention:

Jonah Pellegrino, piano, student of Melody Stroth
Laura Anderson, piano, student of Melody Stroth
Mary Quarnstrom, violin, student of Monty Carter


Great thanks to the judges, Dr. Tyler Goudlock, Dr. Mia Hynes, and Nell French, and Schmitt Music Center.


Description: This partnership with the Heritage Philharmonic is an opportunity for students of piano, strings, winds, and percussion to  compete for scholarship awards and to perform a concerto movement with an orchestra.

Format: Three adjudicators may select a first place winner for both piano and instrumental categories.  Two runners up amongst all entrants will also be awarded. The first place winners will receive a $500 music scholarship and will perform the concerto movement with the Heritage Philharmonic, conducted by Jim Murray.  The second place winners will receive a $250 award.

Students should be prepared to perform their selected movement in its entirety at the competition.  However, depending on the number of entrants, student auditions may be cut. In this case, all competitors will be given the same audition time allotment.  The competition is open to the public.

Repertoire: One movement (memorized) of a concerto for piano or other instrument from the standard repertoire, which has been approved by the conductor of the Heritage Philharmonic. Selections must have an orchestral accompaniment available for purchase or rental in the United States.

Eligibility and Fees: High school pianists and instrumentalists age 14 to 18 as of February 11, 2017 are eligible to enter. The entrance fee is $35.00 per student. Students must be studying with a KCMTA member who is active and whose dues are paid *or* a student that resides in Jackson County, MO and has not previously won the Heritage Philharmonic’s Young Artist Competition. For students of non-members of other counties an additional $75.00 teacher fee is required. One check made to KCMTA may be sent by the teacher to cover the total fee along with the completed entry form.

Enrollment Form

Repertoire List

Entry forms and fees should be mailed to:Emily Yeh, 10914 Reeder Street, Overland Park, KS  66210

Rules: First place winners may not compete again on the same instrument, although alternates from previous years may re-enter. Students must furnish their own pianist for accompaniment at the competition. Performing order will be determined by blind drawing. On the judges’ itinerary each performer will be identified by number only. The student must furnish music with numbered measures for the judges. No photocopies are allowed.

The first place winner in each category will receive a music scholarship, to be awarded at the concert. The winners must attend both the concert and all rehearsals as required by the music director. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings. Dress rehearsal is the morning of the concert. If the first place winners cannot accommodate the rehearsal schedule and performance date, they will forfeit the scholarship and opportunity to perform with the orchestra.
All teachers who enroll students will be assigned to help with the event.