Mercyhurst University

      Mercyhurst Civic Orchestra Concerto/Aria Competition

      Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 3:00 PM

      The competition consists of two divisions: college and high school/Mercyhurst Chamber Orchestra member. Up to one high school/MCO division and up to two college division winners will be chosen.
      1. College Division
        • The college division is open to any actively enrolled Mercyhurst student currently participating in private music instruction.
      2. High School/MCO Division
        • The high school/MCO division is open to:
          • Any high school aged student playing an orchestral instrument
          • High school aged pianists who participate in Mercyhurst programs
          • Any adult, amateur members of the MCO
      • Auditions from high school/MCO division will be accepted via recording.
        • Upon completion of your application, you will receive detailed instructions for submission and acceptable format guidelines.
        • Memorization is required.
        • Accompaniment is required and is the responsibility of the applicant.
        • Audition length is ten minutes maximum (please use cuts in accompaniment).
        • The winner will receive an award certificate and will be featured in social media and news media releases
        • The judges will be for this division will be the same as the college division.
      • Auditions for the college division will be held in person, without audience, on February 21 at 3 p.m. and livestreamed.
        • If Mercyhurst is in a remote learning model during this time, auditions will instead be accepted via recording.
        • Memorization is required.
        • Accompaniment is required, is the responsibility of the applicant, and must be arranged from the available accompanists approved to perform on campus.
        • Audition length is ten minutes maximum (please use cuts in accompaniment).
        • The judges will be observing virtually.
        • The winner(s) will receive the opportunity to perform in livestream recital with piano accompaniment. The Recital will be held at a date to be determined.
      • Repertoire (for both high school/MCO member and college divisions)
        • Total performance time may not exceed 20 minutes. Performance time for the recital is increased beyond that of the audition intentionally.
        • Instrumentalists: a single movement or a through-composed solo concerto/concert piece.
        • Vocalists: maximum of two contrasting works for solo voice and orchestra.
        • Repertoire may be limited by availability. If you have any concerns, please check with Conductor, Jonathan Moser at
      The application deadline is Friday, January 29, 2021 at 5 p.m.

      Registration is no longer available because the registration deadline has passed.