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The 2021-22 Concerto Competition for Concordia fellows


This special edition of the competition is open to all categories, including strings, winds, brass, voice, and piano. Refer to section V for further details on competition honorarium.

I. Eligibility

The 2021 Concordia Symphony Concerto Competition is open to Concordia University of Edmonton students, Alumni, and CSO members who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents and who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of registration.

Note: Concordia full-time students are eligible to register (the candidate must be registered in at least 60 per cent of a full course load at CUE).
Note: CSO members will need an active paid membership for the ’21-’22 season.
Note: Alumni candidates must be registered members of the Concordia Alumni Association

II. The Application Process

All applications must be submitted online. Registration will open on November 15, 2021.

There will be a non-refundable registration fee of $50+GST. Incomplete applications will not be accepted at a later time.

Deadline for application: February 21, 2022. 10 p.m. The registration page will be closed after this date.

III. The Competition

There will be two rounds in the competition:

Eliminatory Round: video screening (pre-selection)
Final Round: live auditions

The Eliminatory Round

Applicants for the competition should upload their audition videos onto the CSO’s private Google Drive no later than February 21, 2022 at 10 p.m.


Eliminatory Round

The candidate should submit a video featuring the performance of one piece of the candidate’s choosing that demonstrates the full scope of their technique and musicianship. Approximate duration: 10-20 minutes.

Announcement of finalists: February 27, 2022

Final Round

Finalists must perform a full concerto or concert piece with an accompanist. Three to eight selected finalists will be invited to perform on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

Venue: Tegler Student Centre. Concordia University of Edmonton campus

The winner will be announced after the final round.

Note: All finalists must supply their own accompanists for the live audition. Referrals will be available upon request. 
Note: All applicants should provide a copy of their audition repertoire to the adjudicators.
Note: Adjudicators may ask the competitors to stop and start during the audition.
Note: Memorization is compulsory in the Finals Audition.

IV. The Evaluation

Candidates will be evaluated by a panel of three adjudicators including Concordia Symphony’s Music Director, Dr. Danielle Lisboa.

V. The Winner

The first-place winner will be awarded an opportunity to present a solo work with the orchestra (full work or partial movements) as part of the CSO season and will receive a competition honorarium in the amount of C$1,000.00 kindly donated by the Alberta Chinese Cultural Society.


In the event the winner is a current CUE student, the honorarium will be processed as a tuition credit.

Additional non-cash prizes may be awarded to other outstanding candidates selected at the adjudicators’ discretion.

VI. Cancellation

Should it become necessary for a candidate to cancel, the candidate must notify Concordia Symphony Orchestra to facilitate the organization of the schedule.

VII. Disqualification

Candidates not complying with these rules will be disqualified. Providing false information in the application will result in the disqualification of the candidate.

VIII. COVID regulations

Finalists will be required to show proof of vaccination in order to participate in the final round of the competition and adhere to any restrictions in place at the time of the event, including mask use on campus. 

VIII. Other

Any situation not covered by these rules shall be referred to the School of Music faculty at Concordia University of Edmonton, whose decision on such matters shall be final.


Dr. Danielle Lisboa
Music Director and Conductor, Concordia Symphony Orchestra
Chair of the Selection Committee
Associate Professor of Music, Concordia University of Edmonton
Email: danielle.lisboa@concordia.ab.ca
Phone: (780) 479-9327
Office: A308