Emerging Artist Solo Competition

Renee Zhang, Violin

2017 winner, Renee Zhang

The 2018 Emerging Artist Solo Competition

Congratulations to Hailey Kang, winner of the 2018 Emerging Artist Solo Competition! Join us for the Triumph of the Season concert on December 16, where she will play the Dvořák Concerto for Cello and Orchestra 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 PDT on September 17, 2017.
  • Final Round – Several finalists will be invited to perform in a live recital sponsored by Portland Piano Company at 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 8, 2017.
  • Performance – The winner will perform with the orchestra in December of 2017.
  • Application Procedure and Requirements

    Go to https://oregonproarte.org/solo-competition/apply to fill out the application form.

    1. Fill out the Online Application Form
    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:

    2018Hailey Kang, cello (Dvořák: Cello Concerto)
    2017Renee Zhang, violin (Bruch: Scottish Fantasy)
    2016Sam Rhoton, bassoon (von Weber: Bassoon Concerto)