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2023 Young Artist Concerto Competition Guidelines

Registration Deadline in May 1, 2023

Applicants must be in grades 6 - 11 at the time of the audition and must reside in New Jersey. 

The repertoire chosen for the Concerto Competition must be suitable for performance with the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO)  in terms of the instrumental requirements and the difficulty of the accompaniment. The accompaniment parts must also be available from some library, publisher, or other lending sources. All repertoire selections are subject to the approval of the NJIO Artistic Director before an audition will be scheduled. (If you have any doubts about your chosen piece, be sure to contact Michelle Tolentino in advance.) 

Each auditionee may select one movement to perform at the audition; the selections should be approximately 8 or 12 minutes in length, unless otherwise requested. Piano accompaniment is preferred.

Auditions will be scheduled at 30 - 45 -minute intervals, depending on the audition length selected by the auditionee.  Specific audition times will be arranged after May 1, 2022, and will be confirmed by e-mail. In normal cases, audition repertoire should be memorized. Contact Michelle Tolentino with questions. Auditionees will provide their own accompanist. Pianists are requested to audition without an accompanist as the norm. 

The judges reserve the right not to select any winner(s) in the Concerto Competition, or to select more than one winner.  Winner(s) will be scheduled to perform with the Symphony Orchestra.  

Winners will receive an honorarium from NJIO for their achievements and their participation in the following NJIO activities:   


The winners will play their piece at one concert with NJIO during the following season.  Winners may be asked to play a piece other than their audition piece. Winners will be required to attend two or three evening rehearsals and occasionally meet with the conductor prior to their concerts. Winners are required to provide their bio and headshot to NJIO by June 1.

For more information on the Concerto Competition, please contact Michelle Tolentino, Program Director, 

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