VAMPJ Debut Spotlight Solo Competition

Who is eligible: Registered members of VAMPJ

Application deadline: September 27

Competition dates: October 15

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

VAM presents its 2nd annual VAM Pre-Junior Symphony Debut Spotlight Solo Competition providing an opportunity for up to three soloists to perform a movement of a concerto or solo piece with the VAM Pre-Junior Symphony*.

VAM will ensure that the competition is impartially and professionally conducted with a two-person adjudication panel consisting of experienced musicians with no affiliation with the competing musicians.

*performance date to be assigned by conductor

Eligible students:
-are currently members in good standing of VAM Pre-Junior Symphony;
-are not winners of the 2020/21 VAMPJ Solo Competition.

Application Deadline: September 27, 2021, 11:59pm
Competition: October 15, 2021
Students will receive notice of their specific time slot following the application deadline.

Competition Rules
1. Students must perform on the instrument they currently play in VAMPJ.
2. The selection must be approved by VAMPJ conductor Joseph Elworthy and meet length, orchestration and proficiency requirements. Repertoire approval will be confirmed within 3 business days of the application deadline.
3. Students must provide 2 copies of the solo part or piano reduction for the adjudication committee (photocopies are permitted).
4. Performers must perform from memory.
5. Performers must perform with and provide their own pianist.
6. The competition phase is closed to the public with the exception of the parent/guardian and teacher of the student performing; no video or audio recording permitted.
7. Repertoire selections must not exceed 15 minutes in duration. For the competition, tutti passages must be shortened.
8. All applications must include a $60 application fee, which includes recording of the competition round.
9. 1 winner awarded the Orpheum Prize performs at the Orpheum Theatre; 2 winners awarded the VAM Prize will perform at VAM.
10. By applying to the competition, the student and parent/guardian agree that any resulting recordings may be used for VAM’s promotional purposes.


The VAMPJ Debut Spotlight Solo Competition is open to VAM students only. Please log in to your account to apply.