Eligibility: Contestants in the Franklin & Marshall College Solo and Concerto Competition must be fully enrolled students at Franklin & Marshall College at both the time of the competition and the time of the performance with the Franklin & Marshall Philharmonia. Singers and instrumentalists may apply.
Deadline: By 4 p.m. on the last day of classes in December
Expectation: For the competition the soloist is responsible for presenting a recital-level performance and must provide their own accompanist. The soloist shall provide two copies of their score for the adjudicators. These copies must be submitted to the Conductor of Instrumental Ensembles not less that 24 hours prior to the competition. Applicants must be available to be a soloist with the Franklin & Marshall Philharmonia on the date(s) noted on the right side of this webpage. Applicants must also be available to rehearse on Monday and Wednesday nights from 7-8:30 p.m. as prescribed by the conductor.
Repertoire: Soloist must submit the piano accompaniment score of their solo/concerto to the Conductor of Instrumental Ensembles not less than one week prior to the competition application deadline. He/she will review the repertoire to ascertain if the repertoire choice is acceptable in terms of the availability of an orchestral accompaniment and whether the repertoire is within the technical means of the Franklin & Marshall Philharmonia. Prior to the application deadline, the Conductor will inform the applicant if the repertoire is acceptable. The solo/concerto to be performed should be no longer than approximately twelve (12) minutes in length. The entire piece or movement should be performed for the competition without cuts.
Competition: The competition will be open to the public. Therefore, the soloist should plan on having an accompanist selected and be well-rehearsed in advance of the competition. The soloist should dress appropriately, as if there were a recital.
Award: The winner(s) of the competition will perform their solo/concerto with the Franklin & Marshall Philharmonia on the date noted on the right side of this web page. The judges may award as many winners as they feel appropriate, taking into account both the artistry of the performers and the length and difficulty of the accompaniments.
Judges: The adjudicators for the competition will be select members of the Franklin & Marshall music department and, when possible, members of the community who are outstanding musicians but have no direct tie to Franklin & Marshall College. The judges will confer privately after the performance and announce the winner(s) approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the competition performance. The decision of the judges is final.