Concerto Competition

NOTE: Due to delays caused by COVID-19, the 2020-21 Concerto Competition is canceled so that the 2019-20 winners will have a chance to perform.

The MIT Symphony Orchestra holds an annual Concerto Competition at the beginning of each spring semester. The winner is featured on a spring semester concert in Kresge Auditorium. This year's competition will be held on Sunday, February 2nd, beginning at 6:30pm. The winner will perform on the April 24, 2020 MITSO concert.

Competition Information


  • The competition is open only to MIT students and Wellesley students enrolled in MTA classes or ensembles. Soloists who have already performed with the MIT Symphony Orchestra are not eligible.
  • Preference will be given to one-movement works (i.e. Ravel’s Tzigane, Liszt’s Totentanz, etc.). However, single movements out of larger concerti, or complete concerti are acceptable and will be considered.
  • The work or selection to be performed in concert must be prepared in its entirety for the audition.
  • Accompanists are required, but not provided.
  • The decision by the jury is final.
  • The winner must be available for all rehearsals and performances required by the Music Director. Orchestra rehearsals are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30pm-10:00pm.

Application Process:

  • Submit your concerto proposal to Music Director Adam Boyles ( for approval as well in advance as possible – this will give you time to consider other choices in the unlikely event that your first choice cannot be accommodated. 
  • Submit the online application form here no later than 5pm on Friday, January 17th.
  • You will receive an audition time via email approximately one week before the audition


Questions? Contact Andy Wilds (