The Stratford Symphony Orchestra

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An Invitation to the 2019 Emerging Artists' Concerto Competition

The Stratford Symphony Orchestra announces its 2019 Emerging Artist Concerto Competition. The competition winner will perform as soloist with the orchestra in one of its concerts during the 2019-2020 season, the orchestra’s fifteenth.

This year’s competition is open to performers on standard woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Entrants must be 15 to 24 years of age as of April 30, 2019.

The competition will be held Saturday, March 30.

Inquiries about the competition should be directed to David Spence at (519) 498-4859.


Competition Regulations

Note: The submission of a completed entry form acknowledges the competitor’s acceptance of all the following competition regulations:


  1. Completed entry form and entry fee must be received by the SSO by midnight Friday, March 1, 2019 either by post, courier or electronically. In the case of an electronic submission (email), the entry fee must be sent under separate cover. Acceptable forms of payment include cheque, money order or credit card. Credit card information can be provided by phone to the Stratford Symphony Orchestra (SSO) office. (519-271-0990)
  2. This year’s competition is open to performers on Standard Orchestral Woodwind, Brass and Percussion instruments.
  3. Competitors must meet the age requirement: 15 to 24 years of age as of the day of competition. The SSO reserves the right to ask competitors to provide proof of age on the day of the competition.
  4. Previous winners of the SSO Emerging Artist Competition are NOT eligible to enter this year’s competition.
  5. Competitors must provide their own accompanist. A list of Stratford-based accompanists is available through the Symphony office.


  1. There will be no second (orchestral) piano.
  2. Competitors will have access to a warm-up (with piano) area for 20 minutes prior to performing.
  3. The total duration of a selected work must not exceed 15 minutes. The panel reserves the right to abbreviate or stop the performance due to time constraints.
  4. Competitors are required to provide the panel with one copy of the score or solo part for their selected repertoire.


  1. The decision of the adjudicating panel will be final.
  2. All competitors will be informed of the panel’s decisions no later than Saturday, April 6. Competitors will not be provided with additional feedback beyond that provided at that time.
  3. Competition winner will have the opportunity to perform as soloist with the SSO during the orchestra’s 2019-2020 season. Only expenses in connection with the performance will be covered.