Solo Opportunities


Every year, Northern Nevada and Northern California residents, including Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (RPYO) members, may choose to participate in the RPYO annual concerto competition. The categories are junior piano, senior piano, junior strings, senior strings, and winds/brass/percussion. Division winners will be selected in each category, and up to two grand prize winners will be selected to perform with the YSO. The winner of each division receives a $250 cash prize; the runners-up are titles only and do not receive a cash prize. Concerts for the coming year are still TBD due to COVID-19.

**Applications for the 2020 competition are now open. Students have two options to participate in the competition this year**

  1. Live at Steinway Gallery: The competition will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Reno. To best keep students and staff safe, auditions will be recorded live with accompaniment on an individual basis, and audition videos will then be shared with the panel of judges. There will be no more than 5 people in the hall at any given time, and the music stand and piano will be disinfected between contestants. Results will be published by the end of the following week. All applications are due by November 14, 2020.
  2. Pre-recordedApplicants may check the Pre-record option on the application below and must submit their video here by November 27, 2020 at 5pm. Accompaniment is still strongly encouraged. Pre-recorded applications are still due by November 14, 2020. Please fill out both an application AND the video submission.

The entrance fee is $50, payable by calling the Phil office at 775-323-6393, extension 1008 or by mailing a check to 925 Riverside Drive, Suite #3, Reno, NV 89503. You may also email David Haskins, Youth Ensembles Manager, at

Concerto Competition Guidelines

Pre-Approved Concerti