Emerging Artist Solo Competition

Renee Zhang, Violin

2017 winner, Renee Zhang

The 2016 Emerging Artist Solo Competition

Congratulations to Renee Zhang, winner of the 2017 Emerging Artist Solo Competition! Join us for the Symphonic Voices concert on May 20, where she will play the Bruch Scottish Fantasy with the Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra.


  • To provide an exciting professional music opportunity for a young emerging artist to perform with the Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra.


  • The winner will perform with OPACO on a regular subscription concert.
  • The winner will receive a cash prize.


  • This competition is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists between the ages of 16 and 27.
    • Enrollment in a school program is not required.
  • Full works/complete concertos are required. Works with 1 or more soloists, vocal works with orchestra accompaniment, and opera arias/ensembles are also permitted.
    • Please note that if a work involves multiple soloists, the prize will be divided among the performers.
  • The performer must submit/audition on the work they intend to perform on the concert. Changes to repertoire after the submission is made is not permitted.
  • Orchestration Consideration — because OPACO is a chamber orchestra, there are some works that are beyond the scope of our instrumentation. If you wish to submit a Late/Post Romantic or 20th Century work, please contact Artistic Director, Jeff Specht to discuss your work prior to submission.

Competition Deadlines and General Schedule

  • Preliminary Round – Application materials are due by 5:00 PM on August 15th, 2016.
  • Final Round – Several finalists will be invited to perform in a live recital sponsored by Michelle’s Piano at 2:00 PM on October 16, 2016.
  • Performance – The winner will perform with the orchestra in December of 2016.
  • Application Procedure and Requirements

    Applications are now closed for the 2016 competition.

    1. Fill out the Online Application Form Application form closed
    2. Submit links to an online recording of you performing the work via YouTube or other online video streaming service.
      • Videos must be accessible without a password.
      • Recordings must be unedited with accompaniment. Cuts are only permitted in the piano reduction.
      • Recordings should strive for the best possible sound quality.
      • Each video clip should be labeled as follows:

        Applicant’s Name: Composer; Title; Movement

    3. Submit a registration fee of $25 via PayPal or credit/debit card through our secure payment site.

    Repertoire and General Questions

    Past Winners:

    2017 Renee Zhang, violin
    2016 Sam Rhoton, bassoon