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2018 Concerto Competition

Congratulations 2017 Winners

Hear Julian Langford

Hear Dylan Wu

Hear Sakurako Saimaru 

Congratulations 2016 Winners

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David Restivo, Executive Director
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The Chappaqua Orchestra 2018 Concerto Competition

Auditions April 6 – April 7, 2018 
Music Conservatory of Westchester 216 Central Park Avenue, White Plains, NY
In our 3rd Annual Concerto Competition, students compete in two divisions – Junior (12-17, or 18 and high school senior), limited to NY, CT, NJ, MA & PA, and Senior (18-25), no geographical restrictions - audition for six winning spots and a monetary prize.

Please fill out and submit your application online at:


You may also print and mail your application. Download application pdf

Rules and Instructions:
Preliminary Round: All submissions for preliminary round must be made via YouTube by February 1st, 2018
Please make a separate video for each piece – Sonata and Concerto – and submit both. Please state your name, where you are from and what you are playing. The videos do NOT need to be a professional studio recording.
Please submit your preliminary round recordings via YouTube by following the steps below: 

• Sign into YouTube. 
• Click the Upload button at the top of the page. 
• Before you begin uploading the video you can choose the video privacy settings.* 
• Select the video you would like to upload from your computer. 
• Copy the link(s) to your online application and/or email to info@chappaquaorchestra.org

You will be notified of your acceptance to the Semi-final round by February 26th, 2018.

*If you wish to set your video as private, you must allow The Chappaqua Orchestra to view the video. To do this, add info@chappaquaorchestra.org to your friends list. Then go to your edit menu under Broadcasting and Sharing Options >Privacy and check info@chappaquaorchestra.org from the list. Detailed instructions can be found in the YouTube help section here.

Semi-finals: Friday, April 6th , 2018 - Participants will be notified the afternoon of April 6th if they will be in the Final Round

Final Round:
Saturday, April 7th , 2018 – Final Round is open to the public.

Winner’s Concert: May 19, 2018, Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, Chappaqua, NY

$125 per applicant. Send application and checks payable to:
The Chappaqua Orchestra, P.O. Box 461, Chappaqua, NY 10514
Or pay online at: http://tcoconcertocompetitionfee2018.brownpapertickets.com

Proof of payment must be sent with application.
The deadline for submitting all materials, YouTube link and payment is February 1st, 2018

Junior Division: 12-17 or 18 and current high school senior, Senior Division: 18-25

  • Participants must provide proof of age with a copy of their Birth Certificate.
  • Junior Division is limited to NY, CT, NJ, MA & PA; No geographical limitations for Senior Division.

Audition Location: Music Conservatory of Westchester:
216 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606, 914.761.3900, www.musicconservatory.org

Preliminary Round YouTube Submission requirements:

  • One movement of a Sonata must be performed for both Divisions; Junior Division: One movement of Concerto must be performed; Senior Division: Complete Concerto must be performed. The Sonata and Concerto must be contrasting and chosen from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or 20th Century/Contemporary repertoire.

Semi-final/Final Round requirements:

  • Junior Division: One movement of the same Concerto must be performed; Senior Division: The same complete Concerto must be performed. Sonatas will NOT be heard.

 General Requirements:

  • Junior division participants must be accompanied to the audition by a parent or guardian
  • A pianist must accompany participants. Accompanists will NOT be provided by TCO
  • Participants do NOT need to provide the jury with sheet music
  • All Concerti must be memorized

Prizes: All winners will be announced on the Chappaqua Orchestra’s website by April 9, 2018

Senior Division:

1st Prize: $2000; Perform entire Concerto with TCO in our May Concert

2nd Prize: $1000*

3rd Prize: $500*


Junior Division:

1st Prize: $1000; Perform 1 movement of Concerto with TCO in our May Concert

2nd Prize: $500*

3rd Prize: $300*

1st Prize winners of both divisions may have their performance played on a nationwide NYC radio station broadcast

* Each 2nd and 3rd place winners from each division will have the opportunity to play in a section of TCO for our May Concert. All winners are encouraged to attend the May Concert to receive their prizes.

* Some participants will receive an Honorable Mention and will have the opportunity to sit in a section of TCO for our May Concert.

The Chappaqua Orchestra’s and the participating Judges’ decisions are final.

For any additional questions please contact the Executive Director at info@chappaquaorchestra.org

Winners' Concert Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 8 pm
Chappaqua Performing Arts Center
480 N Bedford Rd, Chappaqua, NY

The top prizewinners from each division will perform solo concerti with the orchestra conducted by Michael Shapiro.
Tickets - $30, Seniors/Students $20

2017 Concerto Competition Winners

Senior Division:
1st Place: Julian Langford – Cello
Stonybrook University/The Juilliard  School
$2000 - The George and Sheila Drapeau First Prize
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TCO Performs Dmitri Shostakovich's - Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Opus 107 Movement 1 - with 2017 Concerto Competition Winner- Senior Division - Julian Langford

Listen on YouTube

Junior Division:
1st Place: Dylan Wu - Cello
The Juilliard Pre-College
$1000 - The Frank and Suzanne Shiner First Prize


TCO Performs Tchaikovsky's - Pezzo Capriccioso, Op. 62 - with 2017 Concerto Competition Winner- Junior Division - Dylan Wu

Listen on YouTube



Senior Division:

2nd Place: Georgia Lazaridou – Piano   
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania


3rd Place: Radoslawa Jasik – Piano

The New School – Mannes
 $500 - The David and Natalia Restivo Third Prize

Junior Division:
2nd Place: Sara Scanlon – Cello
The Juilliard Pre-College
$500 - The Carmen and Rafael Forte Second Prize
Sara Scanlon

3rd Place: William Tang – Piano
Hunter College High School/Manhattan School of Music Pre-College
$300 - The Georgia and Ron Frasch Third Prize

William Tang

Congratulations 2016 Winners

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Sakurako Saimaru Joe Konno Dorothy Madubuko
Sakurako Saimaru Joe Konno

Dorothy Madubuko

Hear Sakurako Saimaru Sakurako Saimaru

Visit the YouTube link below to watch The Chappaqua Orchestra's 2016 Concerto Competition 1st place winner – Sakurako Saimaru – perform the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto No.1 E minor, Op. 64 and her encore of the Bach Sonata.

Mendelssohn:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0gdn6fwqS4

Bach:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVJ_65aVcgk

Be a Winner, Sponsor a Winner!

Your sponsorship may be the first step to a promInent career for one of our bright young talents. Opportunities for naming sponsorships start at $500. Please conctact David Restivo at info@chappaquaorchestra.org

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