Download the Application and Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations

We prefer that you submit the application with our online form. Please find the form at:


Preliminary Round: All submissions for preliminary round must be made via YouTube by January 5th, 2020

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.You may instead create titles on the video you send with this information. 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

You will be notified of your acceptance to the Semi-final round by January 24th, 2020.

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

Semi-finals: Friday, February 21, 2020 - Participants will be notified the afternoon of February 21stif they will be in the Final Round

Final Round: Saturday, February 22, 2020 – Final Round is open to the public.

Winner’s Concert: May 10, 2020, Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY


$150 per applicant. Send application and checks payable to: 

The Chappaqua Orchestra, P.O. Box 461, Chappaqua, NY 10514

Or pay online at:

Proof of payment must be sent with application.

The deadline for submitting all materials, YouTube link and payment is January 5th, 2020.


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.

Semi-finals and Finals Auditions location:

Music Conservatory of Westchester 

216 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606, 914.761.3900,   

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 20thCentury/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

- The Chappaqua Orchestra Music Director reserves the right to request a change in the chosen concerto for the May 10 concert performance.

Prizes: All winners will be announced on the Chappaqua Orchestra’s website by February 24, 2020

- Senior Division:

o 1stPrize: $2000; Perform entire Concerto with TCO in our May Concert**

o 2ndPrize: $1000*

o 3rdPrize: $500*

- Junior Division:

o 1stPrize: $1000; Perform 1 movement of Concerto with TCO in our May Concert**

o 2ndPrize: $500*

o 3rdPrize: $300*

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

* 2ndand 3rdplace winners from each division may 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.

** Top prize winner of both Divisions may have their recordings of the May Concert broadcast on a nationwide radio broadcast

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

For any additional questions please contact the Executive Director at

Senior Division

1st Prize - $2000

 George and Sheila Drapeau 

Founding Sponsors

2nd Prize - $1000

Rita Ross

3rd Prize - $500

David and Natasha Restivo

Junior Division

1st Prize - $1000

 Frank and Suzanne Shiner  

2nd Prize - $500

 Carmen and Rafael Forte  

3rd Prize - $300

 Georgia and Ron Frasch  

The 2019 Winners

Senior Division: First Prize


Jaein Kim - Flute

Eastman School of Music

Junior Division: First Prize


Kento Hong - Violin

Juilliard Pre-College

Senior Division

Second Prize

Misha Galant - Piano

The Juilliard School

3rd Prize

Lauren Siess - Viola

The Juilliard School

Junior Division

Second Prize

Christopher Zandieh - Piano

Juilliard Pre-College

3rd Prize

Elli Choi - Violin

Juilliard Pre-College

The 2018 Winners

Senior Division: First Prize


Yilun Xu - Piano

The Juilliard School

May 2018 Concerto Winners' Concert Performance:

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3, Op 2

Junior Division: First Prize


Sara Scanlon - Cello

Juilliard Pre-College

May 2018 Concerto Winners' Concert Performance:

Dvorak Cello Concerto, Op. 104 - Allegro

Senior Division

Second Prize

Timothy Chooi - Violin

The Juilliard School

Third Prize

Oukalin Yin - Violin

New England Conservatory

Junior Division

Second Prize

Avery Sands Duer - Piano

Student of Yoshie Akimoto

Third Prize

Noam Ginsparg - Cello

Ithaca Talent Education

2017 Winners

Senior Division: First Prize


Julian Langford – Cello
Stonybrook University/The Juilliard  School

The George and Sheila Drapeau First Prize
Founding Sponsor

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

1st Movement:

2nd-4th Movements

Junior Division: First Prize


Dylan Wu - Cello
The Juilliard Pre-College

The Frank and Suzanne Shiner First Prize

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

Senior Division

Second Prize

Georgia Lazaridou – Piano

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Third Prize

Radoslawa Jasik – Piano

The New School – Mannes

Junior Division

Second Prize

Sara Scanlon – Cello

The Juilliard Pre-College

Third Prize

William Tang – Piano

MSM Pre-College

2016 winners

First Prize


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.



Second Prize


Joe Konno

Third Prize


Dorothy Madubuko