Concerto Competition

2019-2020 Harlan Duenow

Young Artist Concerto Competition and Scholarship


The Harlan Duenow Young Artist Concerto Competition and Scholarship is a competition hosted by the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra for high school and college instrumentalists in the state of North Carolina.  The scholarship is named in honor of the orchestra’s longest serving conductor, the late Harlan Duenow.  The competition is open to different instrumentalists each year. This year (2019-2020 season), the competition will be open to woodwinds, brass, and percussionists. The following year (2020-2021 season) will be open to piano and string applicants. All applicants must compete on a piece chosen from our pre-approved list of solos for their respective instrument (pg. 3).


The winner of the competition will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and the chance to perform their solo piece with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra on their March 7th, 2020 concert. The second place winner will receive a $500 cash prize with recognition on our website and at our March 7th, 2020 concert. The third place winner will receive a $300 cash prize with recognition on our website and at our March 7th, 2020 concert.


Applicants must be a full-time legal resident of North Carolina or a military family member stationed in North Carolina at the time of the Monday, January 6th, 2020 application deadline.



Eligibility and Terms:

  • Must be a classical musician between the ages of 12 and 21 (born after March 31st, 1998).
  • For the 2019-2020 season, applicant must play one of the following instruments: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Harp, or Percussion
  • Must compete on one of the required solos listed starting on pg. 3. Applicants that submit a recording of a solo not from the pre-approved list will automatically be disqualified.
  • Must be a full-time legal resident of North Carolina or a military family member stationed in North Carolina at the time of the Monday, January 6th, 5:00 pm application deadline; for questions on eligibility, contact the FSO office (910)433-4690.


The winner of the FSO 2019-2020 Harlan Duenow Young Artist Concerto Competition is awarded:

  • A $1,000 cash prize intended for continued musical and professional development
  • A solo performance in concert on Saturday, March 7th, 2020 with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra featuring the solo they auditioned on.
  • Arrive thirty (30) minutes prior to your scheduled competition time and/or rehearsal time.  There is no allowance in the schedule for late performances; therefore, a missed appointment will be considered a withdrawal from the competition.
  • This will be an open audition, meaning any and all who would like to listen and observe the audition are welcome to sit in the hall.


It is the contestant’s responsibility to notify the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra’s office by phone (910)433-4690 if you have any issues arise that may affect your ability to perform as scheduled.


The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors reserves the right to disqualify any entry.  Previous competition winners are not eligible to compete again, but previous non-winner applicants are eligible. Any changes to the competition will be announced to competition entrants by e-mail.


FSO 2019-2020 applicants will be notified of the final award decision by email. The decision of the judges is final.  The winner will receive the prize money the evening of the performance with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. Second and Third place winners will receive their award money by mail.


DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE: FSO Concerto Competition Application form 2019-2020



Harlan Duenow Young Artist Concerto Competition Approved Works

Please choose one of the following works to compete on for your instrument. If the work has multiple movements, choose only one movement to perform.



  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto in G Major, K. 313
  • Carl Reinecke: Flute Concerto, Op. 282
  • Jacques Ibert: Flute Concerto
  • CPE Bach: Flute Concerto in D minor, H. 484.1



  • Franz Joseph Haydn: Oboe Concerto in C Major
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Introduction, Theme and Variations
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto in C Major
  • Domenico Cimarosa: Concerto in C Major



  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622
  • Carl Maria von Weber: Concertino
  • Claude Debussy: Premiere Rhapsody



  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Bassoon Concerto, K. 191
  • Carl Maria von Weber: Bassoon Concerto
  • Carl Maria von Weber: Andante and Hungarian Rondo
  • Antonio Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in e minor

A second and third place will also be chosen. The second place winner will receive a $500 cash prize and recognition on FSO publicity materials. The third place winner will receive a $300 cash prize and recognition on FSO publicity materials.


The winner agrees to participate in:

  • Any promotional events (interviews, radio spots, etc.) as requested and arranged in advance by the FSO Music Director and FSO staff.
  • The following rehearsals and concert for the 2019-2020 season:
    • Rehearsal: Friday, March 6th, 2020 @ 7:00pm
    • Rehearsal: Saturday, March 7th, 2020 @ 11:00am
    • Pre-Concert Talk: Saturday, March 7th, 2020 @ 6:45pm
    • Concert: Saturday, March 7th, 2020 @ 7:30pm



Applications must be submitted by email to Monica Thiriot, Education Outreach and Operations at education@fayettevillesymphony.org no later than Monday, January 6th, 2020.

  1. Completed application form.
  2. A brief essay (1 page, typed, double-spaced) addressing your musical background.  This essay should include any information about you that you would like the selection committee to know.
  3. One letter of recommendation from one of the following:

                        Private instrumental instructor

                        School music teacher

                        Professional musician who is familiar with your musical ability

  1. A video recording of the piece that you intend to perform with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra chosen from the pre-approved list on the following page. The recording should demonstrate portions of the composition chosen for competition. Accompaniment is preferred but not required for the first round. Please send video files and/or links of the video recordings through Dropbox, GoogleDrive, YouTube, or other electronic means. No CD’s or DVD’s please.


** All parts of the application must be submitted in order to be considered for the audition. Any missing parts of the application will automatically disqualify the applicant from the next round**



  • If chosen for the final round of auditions, you will be notified via email no later than Friday, January 17th with your audition time, date, and location.



  • Final round auditions will be held on Sunday, February 9th, 2020 at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC.
  • There will be at least 3 judges.
    • Please bring (3) three copies of your solo part, one for each judge
  • Final round auditions must include an accompanist. You may supply your own accompanist, or you may choose to use the FSO Staff accompanist for a minimal fee. If you choose to perform with the FSO Staff accompanist, you will have a 30 min. maximum rehearsal in the morning at a pre-determined time, with the audition being in the early afternoon.


  • Claude Debussy: Rapsodie for Orchestra and Saxophone
  • Aleksandr Glazunov: Saxophone Concerto, Op. 109
  • Jacques Ibert: Concertino da camera



  • Franz Joseph Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major, Hob. Vlle: 1
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in E major, S. 49
  • Alexander Arutiunian: Trumpet Concerto in A-flat minor


French Horn

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Horn Concerto 1, 2, 3, or 4
  • Richard Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1, Op. 11


Tenor Trombone

  • Ferdinand David: Trombone Concertino, Op. 4
  • Launy Grondahl: Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra
  • Alezandre Guilmant: Morceau symphonique


Bass Trombone

  • Eric Ewazen: Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra
  • Eric Ewazen: Rhapsody for Bass Trombone
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Tuba Concerto



  • A. Mozart, Concerto for Bassoon in Bb Major, K 191
  • Ferdinand David, Trombone Concertino, Op. 4



  • Edward Gregson: Tuba Concerto
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Tuba Concerto
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Horn Concerto 1, 2, 3, or 4 arranged for Tuba
  • Richard Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 arranged for Tuba



  • Handel: Concerto in Bb Major
  • Gliere: Harp Concerto
  • Pierne: Concertstück



  • Paul Creston: Concertino for Marimba and Orchestra
  • Ney Rosauro: Concert for Marimba and Orchestra
  • Kevin Puts: Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra


Featured Musician

Dr. Sheryl Linch-Parker – Third Trumpet

Dr. Sheryl Linch-Parker currently serves as Associate Professor of Music (Trumpet and Music Education) and Music Coordinator at Fayetteville State University.  Dr. Linch-Parker has maintained an active private studio for trumpet and has performed with the Fayetteville Jazz Orchestra, Highland Brass Quintet, Snyder Baptist Orchestra, and Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra since 2003 as a section and principal player.  Most recently she presented clinics and performances at The International Trumpet Guild 2013 Conference in Michigan and with her trumpet/percussion duo, Double Take at Howard University, Norfolk State University, and Campbell University as well as an artist-in-residence program in the Hoke County School District.  She holds a B.A. in Music Education from Univ. of Nebraska-Kearney, M.M. in performance from Univ. of Arizona and D.M.E. in Music Education with Secondary Emphasis in Trumpet Performance from The Univ. of Northern Colorado at Greeley   She is also a Jupiter performing artist endorser. For more information contact Dr. Linch-Parker at www.parkerlinchmusic.com.

To Educate. To Entertain. To Inspire.

The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1956 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and is a professional, regional orchestra whose mission is to educate, entertain, and inspire the citizens of the Fayetteville, North Carolina region as the leading musical resource.  Praised for its artistic excellence, the Symphony leads in the cultural and educational landscape for Fayetteville and the southeastern North Carolina region.

The Fayetteville Symphony typically performs 8 concerts during any given season performing both at Methodist University and Fayetteville State University. Partnerships with other agencies include collaborative performances with Cape Fear Regional Theatre, chamber concerts at St. John’s Episcopal Church, as well as the city’s annual Independence concert with fireworks. The Symphony brings music to the schools and the community by performing educational concerts, as well as having its own Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra, after school strings and summer music camps.


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