karisa chiuEach year since its founding, the West Suburban Symphony Society has proudly provided an opportunity each season for high-school instrumentalists and vocalists to compete to perform a solo work with orchestra.

Karisa Chiu of Palatine (pictured), the winner of the 2015 competition, performed a selection from Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major at our May 2015 concert. 

Our 2016 competition is open to brass, woodwind and and string players as well as vocalists.  The winner will perform as part of our impressions concert in May, in Hinsdale, Illinois.  Other works on the concert program are Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 and Gershwin's American in Paris.

Key competition dates:

  • 2.6.2016:  postmark deadline for applications (we strongly encourage entrants to obtain our approval of their musical selections before they apply)
  • 3.5.2016:  up to 12 finalists audition in person for our judges
  • 5.17.2016 and 5.21.2016:  winner rehearses with orchestra
  • 5.22.2016:  winner performs in concert

Download the entry form and full competition announcement here.