Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition Rules

Open to instrumentalists who are 18 years of age and younger as of December 1, 2023, and who are residents of Illinois.

The winner of the competition will perform with the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra at the Northern Illinois University Music Building’s Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, DeKalb, Illinois, on Saturday, March 2, 2024.

The winner of the competition will receive $350 for the performance.

The competition will be live and open to the public, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the Music Building at Northern Illinois University on Saturday, January 6, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. until about 2:00 p.m. Contestants must provide their own accompanists. Memorization of the music is not required but is strongly encouraged.

Repertoire Requirements

Competitors may perform one or more movements of a solo concerto or an appropriate one-movement composition with orchestral accompaniment, the total performance time not to exceed twelve minutes. Competitors may choose to make a cut if needed, or the judges will stop the performance at twelve minutes.

Applications Must Include:

A non-refundable $40.00 entry fee. Make check payable to the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Application form with the endorsement of a music teacher, preferably a private music teacher, familiar with the applicant’s performance ability.

Application materials will be returned only if a self-addressed stamped envelope is included with the application.

Applicants who intend to compete on more than one instrument must submit a separate application, and fee, for each instrument.

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More Information

All applications must be postmarked no later than December 11, 2023. Please mail them to:

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, PO Bo 310, DeKalb IL 60115

Incomplete applications will be disqualified.

The winner of the competition will perform with the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra on the evening of Saturday, March 2, 2024, and rehearse on Thursday, February 29, 2024 and other selected Mondays prior to the concert.


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Competition Questions

If you have a question about the competition that is not answered here, please contact our general manager, Courtney Hanna-McNamara: contact@kishorchestra.org.