Concerto Information & Registration

The 2019 programs are closed. Registration for 2020 is open.

When and where are the 2019 programs?

Section 1:

May 2-4, 2019
The Immaculata Symphony, Immaculata University,
1145 King Rd, Immaculata, PA 19345 (near Malvern, PA).
Joe Gehring, Conductor

Section 2:

May 28, 30, 31, 2019 The Newark Symphony Orchestra(Delaware)
The Music School of Delaware
4101 Washington St, Wilmington, DE 19802
Simeone Tartaglione, Conductor

Section 3:

March 20, 22, 23, 2019
The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra
Aquinas Hall at Mount St. Mary College
332 Powell Ave
Newburgh, NY 12550
Russell Ger, Conductor

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.

How Do I Register

To register email 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, if you have decided. You may apply for the one remaining opening in 2019; and you may register for the 2020 programs.

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.

The program has filled every year. Early registration is advisable.

Are there auditions?

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

Moxart will accept players for the Concerto Program in its sole discretion. If you are admitted to the program we will let you know shortly after your audition or receiving your recording. If you are not accepted, we will let you know right away.

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.

To see the instrumentation needed for your concerto you can:

  • Get onto the site 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.
  • Ask us.

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?

No. You may stop after the dress rehearsal.

What does it cost?

It depends on the amount of combined rehearsal and performance time you need. In general you could expect to spend $2000 to $4000 for the program. To understand this cost, consider that you are hiring an entire orchestra plus conductor for several hours of work. 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 2019 programs must be paid by December 15, 2018, 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.