Piano Concerto Competition

Brief Summary:

  • Application Google Form: click here to fill out.
  • Audition Video Link Submission Google Form: click here to turn in.
  • Audition Video Submission Deadline: Dec. 31, 2022 (11:59 PM Pacific Time)

Notes: If you would like to submit your audition video earlier than the regular schedule and receive the audition result accordingly, please let us know by email at layouthphil@gmail.com

Detailed Information:

I.  Audition Application Google Form: click the Google Form link above to fill out. If you want to receive a hard copy of Audition Application Form which you need to fill out manually and scan to submit, email us at layouthphil@gmail.com

Pay the audition fee of $55 per student (non-refundable) by Zelle, Venmo, or Credit Card

  • Zelle: “The recipient email is layouthphil@gmail.com. Account’s name is Los Angeles Youth Philharmonic”
  • Venmo ID “@Gene-Chung-3” The last four digits of the phone number is 6079. Do not toggle “Goods or Service”(see the details below)
  • Credit Card: in the Google Form, enter your credit card number, name on it, expiration date, CCV code, billing address, zip code. The process fee (3.5%) will be charged. Take a photo for both sides and upload them one after the other via Google Form
  • Upload the screenshot: After you made a payment, take a screenshot of the transaction via Venmo or Zelle and upload it via Google Form to show proof of your payment.

*The Venmo account “@Gene-Chung-3” is linked to “Los Angeles Youth Philharmonic” which is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt/non-profit organization. If you tag your transaction as a good or service, Venmo puts us as the seller to charge the transaction fee. Please notice that our program is for non-profit and NOT a good or sale item for profit. At the end of each fiscal year, you may request us to issue a tuition fee certificate for your tax return.

II. Audition Video Link Submission Google Form: click the Google Form link above to turn in your shareable link & upload a PDF copy of your audition piece.

  • There will be online audition only (NO in-person audition) 

Step 1 (Record): How Do I Record My Audition Video?

Record your audition video in a quiet environment with your camera distance being good enough to capture your face, posture, instrument, fingering, bowing, hand shapes, lip shape (wind & voice) etc..

  • Introduce Yourself (7-20 seconds; include your first/last name, school, grade)
  • Play Your Scale & Arpeggio
  • Play Your Audition Piece

A one merged video is preferred, but you may submit your separate audition video clips or unedited or uncut videos if you have already recorded them respectively.

Alternative: You may submit your most recent solo recital/exam or any type of performance video instead of recording your new audition video. In this case, you need to merge your multiple videos into one file or you may submit a separate video link of the required scale & arpeggio in addition to your solo performance video.

Solo PieceSelect a solo piece (one fast movement only) from the suggested repertoire below or a piano concerto your teacher recommends. 
Scale & ArpeggioPlay the scale & arpeggio as fast as possible to demonstrate fluency in the key which your solo audition piece is written in before you perform it. If it is written in the minor key, play the melodic minor. If you have already recorded your solo piece video, send us a separate video of scale & arpeggio.

Play a chromatic scale (ascending & descending).
Technique DemonstrationIf the piece or etude you perform does not include the techniques you would like to demonstrate, you can display them through playing a scale, a short etude (8-16 measures) or an orchestral excerpt.
Sheet Music PDFSubmit a PDF copy of your audition piece being performed, with measure numbers written at the beginning of each staff (if not printed) and markings like bowings, fingerings, articulations, breaths, musical expressions, interpretations etc., after scanning.

Please make multiple pages into one file. Suggested mobile app: Adobe Scan- Mobile PDF Scanner (https://www.adobe.com/acrobat/mobile/scanner-app.html). To make your existing scanned multiple pages into one file, visit https://www.ilovepdf.com/ and you can merge them here easily.
Audition Video Link Submit your shareable audition video links via Google Form after you upload it on YouTube. Click the link on Step 3 below to submit your audition link and PDF copy.
Alternative: You may upload your video to share on one of your preferred online cloud services like Vimeo, Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud etc. with no expiration date or password.
MemoryMemory is not required but strongly recommended.
AccompanimentNo second piano accompaniment required (optional).
No repeatNo repeat: Do not take a repeat.
Dress CodeYou are encouraged to wear your formal concert dress.

Step 2 (Upload): How do I upload my audition video and get a link on YouTube?

  • Sign in to YouTube (a parent can create an account at www.youtube.com)
  • Click “Upload”
  • You can choose the video privacy settings (“public” or “unlisted”)
  • Copy the shareable link (which is the URL address created when uploading)

Step 3 (Submit): How do I submit my audition video link and sheet music?

  • Submit your shareable audition video links via Google Forms after you upload it on YouTube. 

Alternative: You may upload your video to share on one of your preferred online cloud services like Vimeo, Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud etc. with no expiration date, no password required, no download required, or no sign-in required to watch.

III. Suggested Concertos

PianoSuggested Piano Concerto Repertoire
J.C. BachPiano Concerto, Op.13, No. 4 or  No. 2
J. S. BachClavier Concerti:
No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052
No. 2 in E Major, BWV 1053
No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1054
No. 4 in A Major, BWV 1055
No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056
No. 7 in G Minor, BWV 1057
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050
C.P.E. BachConcerto in E-flat for Fortepiano, Harpsichord, and Orchestra
Ludwig van BeethovenPiano Concerti:
No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19
No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37
No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 “Emperor”
Johannes BrahmsConcerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15
Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 83
Frederic ChopinConcerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21
Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22
A. GlazunovPiano Concerto No. 2 in B Major, Op. 100
Edvard GriegConcerto in A Minor, Op. 16
Franz
Joseph
Haydn
Piano Concerto No. 11 in D major, Hob. XVIII/11
Piano Concerto in G, Hob. XVIII/4
Piano Concerto in F, Hob. XVIII/3
Piano Concerto in C Major, Hob. VIII:1
Piano Concerto in D Major, Hob. VIII:XI
Franz LisztConcerto No. 2  in A Major
Felix MendelssohnPiano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 16
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Minor, Op. Posth.
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartNo. 1 in F Major, K. 37
No. 3 in D Major, K. 40
Piano Concertos K. 107 based on sonatas by J.C. Bach
No. 5 in D Major, K. 175
No. 6 in B-flat, K. 238
No. 7 for Three Pianos in F, K. 242 “Lodron”
No. 8 in C, K. 246
No. 9 in E-flat, K. 271 “Jeunehomme”
No. 10 for Two Pianos in E-flat, K. 365
No. 11 in F, K. 413
No. 12 in A, K. 414
No. 14 in E-flat, K. 449
No. 15 in B-flat, K. 450
No. 16 in D , K. 451
No. 17 in G, K. 453
No. 18 in B-flat, K. 456
No. 19 in F, K. 459
No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466
No. 21 in C, K. 467
No. 22 in E-flat, K. 482
No. 23 in A, K. 488
No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491
No. 25 in C, K. 503
No. 26 in D, K. 537 “Coronation”
No. 27 in B-flat, K. 595
Francis PoulencConcerto for Piano and Orchestra (1949)
Sergei ProkofievConcerto No. 1 in D-flat, Op. 10
Sergei RachmaninovConcerto No. 1 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 1
Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18
Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 43
Camille Saint-SaensNo. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22
No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 44
No. 5 in F Major, Op. 103 “Egyptian”
Robert SchumannConcerto in A Minor, Op. 54
Introduction and Allegro Appassionato in G, Op. 92
Dimitry ShostakovichConcerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102
Igor StravinskyConcerto for Piano and Wind Instruments
Peter TchaikovskyConcerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23
Note: Play one fast movement only; Teachers may choose any other piano concertos of comparable skill level.
OrganTeachers may choose any other organ concertos of comparable skill level.
Play one fast movement only

Submission Checklist:

Fill out your Application Form (via Google Form) 
Pay your audition fee by Google Pay, Venmo, or Zelle 
Submit your shareable video link and your sheet music PDF (via Google Forms) 
Optional: You may send us your resume or supplementary materials to let us know more about you via Google Form.

Additional FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Rehearsals & Performance

Q: Do you have any other information regarding the frequency, duration, and schedule of intensive rehearsals?

A: There will be three intensive rehearsals prior to the concerts. Each rehearsal runs about four to eight hours as below. The finalized rehearsal schedules will be announced in April or May each year.

Rehearsals with Orchestra: Subject to change; this schedule below was for the past 2022 summer concert

Rehearsal 1Sat. June 18.Place: Pasadena Christian School Auditorium
Address: 1492 N Garfield Ave. Pasadena, CA 91104
Time: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Both in-person & online
Rehearsal 2Sat. June 25Place: Pasadena Christian School Auditorium
Time: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Both in-person & online
Rehearsal 3Sat. July 2Place: Pasadena Christian School Auditorium
Time: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Both in-person & online
Tutti RehearsalFri. July 8Place: Pasadena Christian School Auditorium
Time: 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
In-person only
Dress Rhs & PerformanceSat. July 9Walt Disney Concert Hall
(111 S Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012)
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Dress Rehearsal
8:00 PM – 10:15 PM Performance
**Section rehearsals may be added.
*Time Zone: Pacific Time (Los Angeles)

The extra rehearsals may be arranged on other days with conductors and accompanists.

Rehearsal Rule: All the intensive rehearsals are mandatory for all the qualified winners performers to be the finalists, and there will be no excuse for the dress rehearsal.

Makeup Rehearsals: If you have time conflicts with your school/community orchestra/choir concerts, exams, competitions, camps, workshops, family events, or any other engagements, you need to contact us to arrange a make-up rehearsal on other days or watch the recorded rehearsal videos.

Q: Your website states “attending all rehearsals is mandatory for accepted student performers to qualify as finalists.”  What does “qualify as finalists” mean? 

A: The finalists mean the performers who completed all the required rehearsals. If you miss a rehearsal, you cannot be qualified as a finalist to perform at the concert hall. See Rehearsal Rule above.

Q: I would like to know the schedule of the performance day at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  What time will we need to participate?

A: It is all day. The draft is 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (morning rehearsal), 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM (dress rehearsal), & 8:00 PM – 10:15 PM (performance), which will be finalized in April or May. As the situation is subject to change, we plan to announce it when we receive the confirmation from Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Q: How may I watch the past videos of the concertos performed by the soloists?

A: To watch an example video from our past concerts, click piano, double piano (virtual)piano (virtual), double piano (virtual), piano

Auditions

Q: Are the auditions for summer season only?

A: No. Once you are accepted, you are qualified to participate in the chamber music series or recitals prior to the next summer concert.

Q: Would you be able to clarify the difference between the piano concerto competition and the regular audition for orchestra | band | choir?

A: Piano Concerto Competition is to select a student pianist who can perform a concerto from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Modern/Contemporary period or premiere the commissioned piano concerto. The regular auditions for orchestra call for a concerto-playing level whereas the auditions for band and choir offer an alternative repertoire if the applicants are not ready for a concerto or operatic aria (normally accompanied by the orchestra).

Q: What is the normal length of an audition video?

A: It depends on your solo piece. For example, if a violinist selects a concerto (fast movement) by Vivaldi for Level 5-6, it takes about 4-5 minutes. To play a scale and arpeggio takes about 30 seconds to 1 minutes. Thus, the total may be within 5-7 minutes for this case.

Q: I have technical difficulties combining my scale/arpeggio/chromatic part and the solo piece videos together. I recorded my videos separately. Is it possible to send 2 different links for each portion?

A: Yes, that will be fine.

Q: I have a simple question on the video recording. Do all pieces must be done in one sitting?

A: To sit or stand when you play your instrument is up to you. Notice that your video frame needs to capture your posture, face, instrument, fingerings, bowing, hand shapes, lip shape etc..

Soloists

Q: What is the process to determine if s/he will be a concerto soloist? 

A: The Performer Selection Committee nominated outstanding student performers as a potential soloist during the piano concerto competition. All the winners as a potential soloist may be invited to perform at our Chamber Music Series which takes place in October, December, or March. A potential soloist may be nominated as a concerto soloist by the Performer Selection Committee when there is an opening.

Q: How many winners do you select?

A: We select winners in three areas: high school grade level, middle school, and elementary school. The number of the winners depends on the participants’ playing level and readiness as a concerto soloist.

Q:  If nominated then there is an extra audition for the solo performances?

A: No, there will be no additional audition.  All the winners a a potential soloist will be asked to submit his/her solo repertoire.

Google Forms & PDF copy of audition piece

Q: We are not able to upload a file via Google Forms. How can we fix this problem?

A: In order to upload a file via Google Forms, you are required to sign in to Google. If you do not have a Google account, click this link https://support.google.com/families/answer/7103338?hl=en and create one for your child.

Q: We are wondering if you still need a copy of the music scores if it is part of Suzuki? My kids are in book 6 and their scores are marked up and a bit messy.

A: Yes, we value markings on the audition scores.

Q: How can I merge multiple pages into one?

A: Please give it a try (either one).

1. iPhone or smartphone app: Adobe Scan- Mobile PDF Scanner (https://www.adobe.com/acrobat/mobile/scanner-app.html).

  • Install it on your iPhone or smartphone
  • After scanning and saving multiple pages as one combined copy of PDF, share it via AirDrop to transfer to your computer or send it to your email address as an attachment (then download and save it on your computer in order to upload it to Google Forms).

2. On your computer:

  • Visit https://www.ilovepdf.com/
  • Click “Merge PDF” and follow instructions.
  • Download and save a merged file on your computer in order to upload it to Google Forms.

Supplemental Materials

Q: Do you accept a recommended letter from my private studio teacher/school orchestra director/mentor?

A: Yes, we do. A recommendation letter is optional. You may include it or any other materials when submitting your final audition video via Google Forms in order that the Performer Selection Committee may know more about you.

Q: May I submit my concerto repertoire, resume, or more materials?

A: Yes. To submit your concerto repertoire, resume, or supplementary materials is optional. You may submit it via Google Forms along with your audition video.

Donations

Q: Do you accept donations?

A: Yes, we do. Donations are one of the great resources for our huge summer concert project. Our four major financial resources are 1) grant from the government, 2) ticket sale, 3) registration fee, and 4) donations.

Q: When can we make a donation?

A: We normally present Donation Drive 3-4 weeks before the summer concert day and list the donors on the printed program booklet. We receive donations at any times. Please email us at layouthphil@gmail.com to make a donation.