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2024 Young Artist Concerto Competition Guidelines

Eligibility and Repertoire Requirements:

Prospective participants must be enrolled in grades 6 to 11 and residents of New Jersey. The chosen repertoire for the Concerto Competition must be suitable for performance with 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 at

Scheduling an audition:

Auditionees must register prior for April 15th, 2024 for the competition date on May 1st, 2024. A non-refundable $40 registration fee is applicable. After registration is closed, specific audition times (20-30 minute intervals) will be scheduled and confirmed via email.

Audition Details:

Participants can perform one or two movements, lasting 8 to 12 minutes. Participants must arrange their own accompanists. A grand piano is available. Auditions will take place at NJIO's rehearsal space at 36 Chatham Road, Summit (entrance in the back). 

Selection and Winners:

The judging panel may choose not to select winners or may select multiple winners for the Concerto Competition. Successful candidates will be scheduled to perform with the Symphony Orchestra during the 2024-2025 season. 

Winners' Responsibilities and Recognition:

Winners will receive an honorarium from NJIO and participate in various activities, including performing at a concert, attending rehearsals, and meeting with the conductor. Winners may be asked to perform a piece other than their audition piece. Winners are required to submit their bio and headshot by June 1.

Contact Information:

For more information on the Concerto Competition, contact Michelle Tolentino at

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