Concerto Competition

Student Programs

KCMTA-Heritage Philharmonic Concerto Competition

Chair: Emily Yeh, NCTM and Dr. Maya Tuylieva                                                                 space
Location: Schmitt Music Center
Postmark Deadline: January 7, 2020
Competition Date: February 8, 2020
Concert Date: May 2, 2020
Location: Blue Springs High School

Congratulations to the KCMTA-Heritage Philharmonic Young Artist Concerto Competition 2020 winners!


Miles Swaminathan, student of Robert Weirich
Honorable Mention:
Tyler Cho, student of Kari Johnson
Emma Stuck, student of Brian Stuck
Cherie Liu, student of Emily Yeh
Great thanks to the judges, Dr. Chris Madden and Jim Murray, and Schmitt Music Center.


Description: This partnership with the Heritage Philharmonic is an opportunity for students to perform a concerto movement with an orchestra.

Format: Three adjudicators may select a winner for both piano and instrumental categories. The winners will perform the concerto movement with the Heritage Philharmonic, conducted by Jim Murray.

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 8, 2020 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.

Enrollment forms are available here:

Repertoire List

Enrollment 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.

All winners must attend the concert to receive awards. First place winners are required to attend all rehearsals. 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 opportunity to perform with the orchestra.

All teachers who enroll students will be assigned to help with the event.