Announcing the TSO 2019

Aspiring Musician Competition

The Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra has spent years promoting educational and community outreach within Utah County and across the state of Utah. This May, the orchestra reprises the hit “Aspiring Musician Competition” concert. Musicians who have won in years past have gone on to study music professionally and all have brought the power of music and art to our stage. As an organization, offering a chance for studying musicians to perform with a full orchestra is central to our mission statement to inspire musicians and audience alike!


The Process

1st Round: Video Submission and Registration, Deadline Friday, January 18, 2019 (All materials must be received by this date)

  • An application is available on the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra website: All applicants interested in the competition are to fill out the application and pay the registration fee by the deadline: Friday, January 18, 2019 at 11:59pm

  • There is a $35 registration fee; which must be paid upon submission of the application form.

  • Upon receiving the application and registration fee, the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra will send the applicant an email outlining how to provide video links for the competition’s first round. Links must be provided by Friday, January 18, 2019.

Submission of Video Link

  • A video link from YouTube must be provided. The link should be sent to: ; upon receiving this link, Luca Florin will be in contact with each applicant regarding further competition details.

  • Applicants must submit the link of themselves playing the entirety of the work or movement they wish to perform.

  • The video must begin with the competitor announcing their name as well as the composer and title of piece to be performed. In addition, the competitor must announce that this is for the TSO Aspiring Musician Competition.

  • By participating and uploading a competition video, competitors are giving their consent to have their videos being viewed by the competition judges as well as the TSO Executive Board.

  • Members of the concerto competition jury will be looking for artistry, musicianship, technical skills and stage presence. The deadline for uploading the competition video is January 18, 2019.

Final Round: LIVE Competition, Saturday, February 9, 2019 (location: Brigham Larson Pianos, Orem)

  • The live final competition will take place on Saturday, February 9, 2019.

  • Those selected for the final round must be available on this date.

  • Finalists must bring their own accompanist.

  • The competition will be open and available to the public.

  • Finalists will perform for a panel of four distinguished judges.

  • Competitors will each be granted a 15-minute time-slot. This slot will be broken down accordingly: 3 minutes to settle and tune on stage, 12 minutes to perform select passages asked by the competition judges. Please note, each finalist may not have time to perform their entire movement and should be willing to start and stop at any place asked by the judges.

  • Warm-up times will be given to each competitor prior to his or her LIVE audition.

Rules and Regulations

*All questions regarding the competition, video link submission, or the LIVE final round can be directed to:


  • The Aspiring Musician Competition is open to all studying musicians in their undergraduate studies and below. There is not an age restriction.

  • Repertoire choice is solely up to the candidate. There are no repertoire restrictions for this competition, but please note rental costs could play a part in advancement.

  • This competition is open to all instrument and voice types.

  • As there will be multiple winners, the TSO asks that competitors plan to perform one movement from a selected work, or keep pieces to a 20-minute limit.

  • A parent or legal guardian of a candidate who is under the age of 18 must ensure that the competitor will comply with these rules and warrant that the competitor is capable of agreeing to these rules and giving the necessary consents. In addition, the parent or legal guardian must be present during the LIVE round if the competitor advances.

  • The parent or legal guardian of the competitor must agree to indemnify The Timpanogos Symphony for and against: (a) any claims made by the competitor, his or her legal guardian, or any member of his or her family against The Timpanogos Symphony in connection with the competition; and (b) any losses (including any liability) caused by any conduct of the candidate that is inconsistent with these rules.


  • The registration form to be filled out can be found at:

  • At time of registration, applicants must pay the $35 registration fee. Payment of this fee signifies official entry into this competition

  • The deadline for registration and payment is: January 18, 2019


  • All competitors will be evaluated on: musicianship, creativity, flexibility, technical skills, and tone production on their given instrument

Competition Dates

  • Video Round: Submit video link to by January 18, 2019

    • Finalists are notified by the evening of January 25, 2019

  • LIVE Final Round: Saturday, February 9, 2019

  • Aspiring Musician Concert: May 3, 2019 @7:30pm

Personal and Data Consent

  • The initial round of this competition is held online through the use of YouTube. Personal information collected from competitors will be used in accordance with the YouTube Privacy Policy, which is available at Information will be used in accordance with YouTube policy and also within the guidelines for this competition. Each competitor expressly agrees to the use of his or her personal information for such purposes.


  • All travel/lodging fees as well as accompanist fees are the responsibility of the performer

Repertoire Restrictions

  • Our Music Director and guest judges reserve the right to base decisions on programming.

  • In presenting unique and diverse programs to our audiences, we ask that the following repertoire choices not be submitted:

    • Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

    • Carmen Fantasy for Flute

    • Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue

    • Gershwin, Variations on I Got Rhythm


  • Should it become necessary for a candidate to cancel, the candidate must notify the Timpanogos Symphony. Alternate dates for the Live Competition cannot be accommodated.


  • Candidates who do not comply with these rules will be disqualified. Candidates who provide false information in the application will be disqualified.


  • The Timpanogos Symphony will choose six (6) winners for this competition

  • In addition to performing with The Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra, each winner will receive a monetary prize.

  • Winners will work closely with Music Director, John Pew, to set up a rehearsal schedule with the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra for this cycle. The TSO regularly rehearses at the Highland Community Center on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9:30pm.

  • The concert will be at Timberline Middle School Auditorium, May 3, 2019

  • This concert is a subscription concert for TSO members and audiences.


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