FOOSA 2017
Concerto Competition Guidelines

Prize: The opportunity to perform as soloist with the Fresno Opera and Orchestra Summer Academy (FOOSA) Philharmonic at the culminating concert in Fresno on Sunday June 25, 2017. 

Eligibility: Applications will be accepted from FOOSA Philharmonic participants only. Individual instrumental soloists as well as groups performing double concertos and similar works with more than one soloist will be accepted. 

Repertoire: Candidates may play either

  • A complete concerto or other work for soloist(s) and symphony orchestra of 20 minutes or less in duration


  • One movement of a concerto or concerted work for soloist(s) and symphony orchestra of 20 minutes in or less duration

Works from any period are acceptable. Please consult FOOSA Music Director Thomas Loewenheim ( in advance to determine if your concerto is suitable for the ensemble. The suitability of the concerto and the availability of performance materials will be considered in accepting an entry and in judging the auditions. (Please check to confirm that the score and orchestra parts are available on IMSLP, or be prepared to bring the score and parts with you.)

Competition:  There will be two rounds for the 2017 FOOSA Concerto Competition. Both rounds will take place during the festival. Concert Competition Preliminaries are scheduled for Wednesday June 14 (closed to the public). Competition Finals are Friday June 16 (open to the public). Both events will be held at the California State University Fresno Concert Hall. 

Candidates must perform all works from memory. 

At the competition, works will be performed with piano accompaniment. Candidates must perform with the competition’s pianist and will be assigned rehearsal time during the week of the competition. 

Candidates will be responsible for providing the piano reduction to the festival's piano collaborator. 

Application: Performers wishing to compete must complete an application form. Click here to submit an ONLINE CONCERTO COMPETITION APPLICATION.

Applications must be submitted to the FOOSA Office by 11:59 PM on May 31, 2017. No late applications will be considered.