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Solo Competitions

John Baeg, 2012 soloist 

The ECYS Solo Competition and Performance Program challenges young artists to master their art and themselves through development of talent, character, confidence and leadership skills.

Each April ECYS hosts two solo competitions for musicians ages 6 - 18.  One competition is for piano, and the other is for all other instruments: 
  • Winners will be selected to perform during the following season.

  • The Piano Competition is open to ECYS members and non-members.

  • The "All-ECYS" Competition is open to ECYS members only and is for all instruments (excluding piano).

  • The application deadline is final. Please read all instructions carefully.

  • There is a $38 non-refundable application fee.

  • The schedules for the Piano and All-ECYS competitions will be posted on this page. There will be no other notifications made.

  • Suggested pieces for the beginning and intermediate levels.

Applications for next year's competitions will be available in early 2016.

2016 All-ECYS Competition
2016 Piano Competition
Competition Date: TBA Competition Date: TBA

Questions? Contact Cathy Spieth.  

Performances Selected for 2015-16

To perform with the Senior Symphony:

Kabalevsky Concerto No. 1, Mvt. I, Bennet Huang, cello
Vaughan Williams Concerto, Mvt. I, Esther Liu, oboe
Vieuxtemps Concerto No. 4, Mvt. I, Daisy Lee, violin
Beethoven Concerto No. 5, Mvt. I, Ethan Yuen, piano
Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1, Joshua Chiang, piano

To perform with the Sinfonietta Orchestra:
Sarasate  Zigeunerweisen, Stephen Nishi, violin
Lalo Cello Concerto, Prelude, Sean Lee, cello
Forsyth Concerto in G minor, Mvt. I, Dylan Kim, viola
Herbert Concerto No. 2, Mvt. III, Jeffrey Chiu, cello
Chopin Concerto E minor, Mvt. I, Josephine Chou, piano
Mendelssohn Concerto No. 1, Mvt. I, Caroline Hsu, piano

To perform with the Galbraith Honor Strings:
JS Bach  Concerto No. 7, S. 1058, Mvt. I, Darren Lin, piano
JS Bach  Concerto D minor BWV 1052, Ryan Jia, piano

Questions? Contact Cathy Spieth.  

Performances Selected for 2014-15

To perform with the Senior Symphony:
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, Bennet Huang, cello
Messager Solo De Concours, Adi Zimmerman, clarinet
Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Young Hye Lee, violin
Walton Concerto, Mvt. I, Linus Lu, viola
Elgar Concerto, Mvt. IV, Cassandra Chum, cello
Saint-Saens Concerto No. 3, Mvt. I, Emma Cockerell, violin

To perform with the Sinfonietta Orchestra:
Sarasate Zigeunerweisen, Jonathan Lin, violin
Elgar Concerto, Mvt. I, Meghan Leong, cello
Saint-Saens Morceau de Concert, Kyle Liang, French horn
Beethoven Concerto No. 1, Mvt. I, Rachel Liu, piano
Chopin Concerto No. 2, Mvt. I, Sophia Lin, piano

To Perform with the El Camino Wind Orchestra:
Gregson Concerto, Mvt. I, Johnathan Orr, tuba

To Perform with the Galbraith Honor Strings:
de Beriot Concerto No. 9, Mvt. I, Ethan Cotta, violin
Cimarosa Concerto in G Major, Cherin Koh and Ashley Chon, flutes

To Perform with the Camerata or Chamber Players Orchestras:
Breval Concerto, Mvt. I, Samuel Cotta, cello

Previous Competition Winners 

2005 2006 2007
2008 2009 2010
2011 2012 2013


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