Concerto Information & Registration

Registration for 2020 is closed.

Registration for 2021 is open.

When Can I Register?

You may register any time for any program including future programs. Participants have registered as much as 3 years in advance. Early registration is recommended as there is limited space and the programs fill up quickly.

How Do I Register

To register send an email to betty@moxart.org. Please include your name (or the name of the soloist if different); address and phone number; and which concerto and which movements you wish to play.

A non-refundable $500 deposit is required to hold your reservation. Qualified applicants will be accepted in the order of application and deposit, until the program is full. Additional qualified applicants will be waitlisted, in case an opening occurs.

Are there auditions?

Yes. We arrange them individually, or we can listen to a recording. You need to be at least an advanced amateur player. We wish to be sure you can succeed in the program.

Moxart will accept players for the Concerto Program in its sole discretion. We will let you know shortly after your audition or receiving your recording.

What instruments do you accept?

Most instruments are accepted. We will provide a piano, but you will have to bring or arrange your own instrument otherwise.

Are there any age restrictions?

No. Thus far we have had players from teenagers to 80-somethings.

Where do soloists come from?

All over. It is international.

What concertos can I play?

Most baroque, classical and romantic concertos are accepted, as well as many contemporary works. The orchestra conductor will make the final determination as to whether the concerto you selected can be accommodated.

Please note that works which are in copyright can be very expensive to obtain. That cost is passed along to you. Many contemporary works require extra orchestra players, which can be provided only if you pay for them. Even if you are okay with the extra cost, the conductor may refuse a concerto.

Where can I find the instrumentation needed for my concerto?

  • Get onto the site http://imslp.org/. Most standard concertos are listed there, and you can look at the score to see the instrumentation. You can also download your part. Sometimes there is a piano reduction of the orchestral parts as well.
  • The classic reference book is “Orchestral Music; A Handbook” by David Daniels.

Should I have my own score?

  • It is recommended. By looking at the score you can understand what is going on in the orchestra.
  • It is a good idea to listen to various performances of your concerto, so you have in your ear what is going on. You may also find some interpretive ideas by listening.

Does Moxart have preferences for what I will play?

We are happy with whatever you choose to play. There are restrictions on what we can accept in any given year, due to programming constaints. For example, if you are the fourth person applying to play a Mozart concerto, we have to move you to the next year. Here is why: We have three orchestras. We can assign a Mozart concerto to each orchestra, which means we can take three. We cannot take four because we can’t do two Mozart concertos in one performance. There are other constraints having to do with which repertoire has been played in the preceding year.

All that said, we will do our best to accomodate your choice.

Are there time restrictions?

You can play one or several movements or an entire concerto. Some concertos are long, and that is fine.

Do I have to play an entire concerto?

No. You may play whatever movements you please. We recommend that you plan on at least 15 minutes of performance. Some of the costs are fixed and have to be paid whether you play 2 minutes or 50 minutes.

Can I change my mind about what I will play?

If you wish to drop a movement, add a movement or change your concerto you must inform us at least three months before the beginning of the program. We will accommodate you if we can, but we cannot guarantee to make changes. Once you are accepted we have a lot of preparation to do before rehearsals begin, and we make financial commitments based on your chosen repertoire.

Do I have to perform?

We expect you to perform, and base our programming on that assumption. The orchestras count on these performances to please their audiences.

What does it cost?

It depends on the amount of combined rehearsal and performance time you need. In general you could expect to spend $1800 to $4000 for the program, depending on how much orchestra time you need. To understand this cost, consider that you are hiring an entire orchestra plus conductor. The amount of rehearsal time needed depends on both the length and difficulty of your concerto.

Please be aware that the costs include some fixed expenses, regardless of how much orchestra time you need. These include a video technician; the performance space; and a per person charge to cover Moxart’s administrative costs.

A $500 non-refundable deposit is required at registration; you are not registered until this is paid. When we know what you intend to play, we will estimate your costs for the program. Your entire estimated cost for the program must be paid by December 15th prior to the program date, unless you make other payment arrangements with us.

Before the program, we can only estimate costs, based on how much rehearsal and performance time you will probably need. During the program things can happen which might increase or decrease this estimated time. Should your actual cost exceed the estimated cost, we will bill you directly after the program; should your actual cost be less than the estimated cost, we will refund you the difference.