The 2020 Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition

Application Detailed Instructions »»»

Who is Eligible?

Musicians who play violin viola, cello or bass (we are not including other orchestral instruments this year), age 18 or younger who have not graduated high school are eligible to participate in the competition. Applicants must permanently reside in AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN or VA. Previous grand prize winners are not eligible.

Audition Piece

Your selection must be a recognized solo (single orchestral instrument only, not piano) with orchestral accompaniment (not an arrangement, transcription or student work), even if not properly titled ‘concerto,’ and it must be a work for which score and parts are currently available. It MUST be a minimum of 6 minutes and a maximum of 15 minutes (longer submissions are acceptable) with the competitor performing the majority of the time. The selection may be edited to meet the time limit. The competition reserves the right to require cuts to fit available time for the finals. Failure to meet the minimum time limitation will result in disqualification. The selection you perform when you apply is the selection you will be required to perform in person (with the possible exception of cuts to meet the time limit which will be required by the competition), should you be selected as a finalist.


Up to 10 finalists will be selected by a screening jury from all submitted selections. Applicants will be notified of the selection via email by December 1, 2019. Finalists will perform their selection from memory, for judges and a live audience, in concert, Saturday, February 1, 2020 on Hilton Head Island. Selection of prize winners will be announced at the conclusion of the concert. Finalists are responsible for providing their own accompanist or using one assigned by the competition, at a cost of $150, in accordance with the guidelines described in the detailed instruction. Finalists will receive copies of the judges evaluation forms approximately 3 weeks after the finals.


First Prize:*
$1200 cash
$ 700 scholarship to the Philadelphia International Music Festival
A solo performance with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra

Second Prize*:
$ 700 cash
$ 500 scholarship to the Philadelphia International Music Festival

Third Prize*:
$ 500 cash
$ 500 scholarship to the Philadelphia International Music Festival

All Other Finalists – $200 cash and $300 scholarship to the Philadelphia International Music Festival.  Possible additional performance opportunities in the Hilton Head Area.

*Any or all of the prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the judges


On line registration is required and will open August, 1 2019. The deadline for registration, electronic submissions and postmark date for mailed materials is October 31, 2019. Earlier submission is highly recommended, since no extensions will be granted. We will confirm receipt of application materials by email, within 48 hours.

Additional Information

If you have questions or need additional information contact Mr. Joseph Gimbel at or review detailed application instructions.