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GGS Concerto Competition

GGS 2021-22 Concerto Competition
Winners of The GGS Concerto Competition will receive performance dates with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in the 2022-23 concert season, as well as the Tom Thomas Award, an annual prize for students who demonstrate exceptional potential for a solo career in classical music.


  • The competition is open to all instruments and voice types. 
  • Open to Bachelor of Music, Performance (Honours) and Artist Diploma students in full-time studies during the 2021-22 academic year.
  • Past winners of the competition are not eligible to compete unless they had previously won as a member of an ensemble.

Important Dates:

Application deadline: Monday, March 7, 2022, at 5 p.m.
Preliminary Round: Monday, April 11, 2022, beginning at 9 a.m. – Mazzoleni Hall
Final Round: Thursday, April 14, 2022, beginning at 10 a.m. – Koerner Hall


  • Participants cannot participate in the competition with the repertoire submitted by them in previous years.
  • Competitors must be in good academic standing to compete. A student on Academic Probation is not eligible to compete.
  • Participants cannot participate in the competition with winning repertoire recent years:
    • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”
    • Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
    • Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major
    • Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 77
    • Saint Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 5 “Egyptian”
  • Participants may enter the competition with one concerto only. (E.g. participants who enter with a solo concerto may not also enter with a concerto for multiple instruments.)


  • All performances, except concerti with two or more musicians, must be from memory. (Certain contemporary concerti may be exempt. Please email the Dean to discuss this scenario.)
  • The Glenn Gould School will subsidize collaborative pianist expenses up to $50 per competitor, per round.
  • Performers must make arrangements for their own collaborative pianist, warm-up space, and page turner. 
  • Participants must have approval from their private instructor to enter the competition.
  • Please note that instructors will be automatically notified of completed online entries.
  • Vocalists must perform works that are complete and original concert works for voice and orchestra. (Opera arias, selections from larger pieces, and works for choir are not eligible.)

Preliminary Round

  • Participants will be allotted a maximum of 15 minutes.
  • The participant shall prepare the entire concerto but shall select and present representative sections of the concerto totalling 12 - 13 minutes for performance in this round.
  • Participants must provide two copies of their music to the panel, indicating the specific sections planned to be performed.
  • Please note that the jury may request to hear any part of the work not included in the above and may ask you to stop and start at their discretion.

Final Round

  • Participants shall perform the concerto in its entirety.
  • Participants must provide two copies of their music to the panel.
Submit your Application here!