The Department of Music hosts two annual performance competitions, the Concerto Competition and the Alberta Baroque Music Society Award in Music competition.

Concerto Competition

Auditions for the 2024-2025 Concerto Competition will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2024 in Convocation Hall (Time TBD). (download pdf poster)

Winners — Two performers will be selected to perform as soloists, one with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble (dir. Angela Schroeder, Date TBA), the other with the University Symphony Orchestra (dir. Petar Dundjerski, Date TBA). Should you choose to play with the USO, please email to clear your chosen repertoire.

Eligibility — All students registered in the BMus or BA (Music Major), MMus, or DMus programs, and non-Music majors registered in Music X24, X26, X27, SWE, or USO are eligible. Previous winners of the competition are not eligible.

Memorization & Full-Work Expectations — All performances are from memory. Full works will be performed at the concerts with the ensembles.

Audition Time Limits — Each candidate will provide a representative sample (some or all of each movement) of the full work within 18 minutes, from memory, with piano accompaniment. Consult with your instructor and pianist to abridge tutti sections and movements. The audition will be stopped after 18 minutes of playing.

Jury Decision — Decisions are without appeal and will be announced either immediately after the event or the next business day. The jury panel will not provide written feedback to the candidates.

Register by 11:59 p.m., September 30, 2024 here:

Concerto Competition Entry Form

 Please direct any questions to Guillaume Tardif | 

Alberta Baroque Music Society Award in Music

The 2024 competition will take place on February 29, 2024, from 5:30-9 p.m. This is a public competition and audience is welcome. 

Participants should perform a few concert selections (arias, concerto movements, solos) from the Baroque period (10-15 minutes). Early Classical works, such as Mozart, would also be acceptable.

Field of Study: Music

Amount: $1500

Conditions: To be awarded annually to an undergraduate student entering their third or fourth year of study in an undergraduate degree program, or a graduate student entering any year of a graduate degree program, in the Department of Music. The recipient will be selected on the basis of proficiency in performing repertoire from the Baroque period (instrument or voice). Recipients of the award may also be considered by the Alberta Baroque Society for an appearance with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble.

Register by 11:59 p.m., February 26, 2024 here:

Alberta Baroque Award Competition Entry Form

Please direct any questions to John Tessier at .

This Award is endowed by the Alberta Baroque Music Society.