Walgreens National Concerto Competition

The 2018 Walgreens National Concerto Competition will take place December 27-29, 2018

(Please Note: date may change if entries in either level exceed the number of participants that may be scheduled)

Competition Eligibility:

There are 2 Divisions:
  1. Midwest Young Artists Conservatory (MYAC) Orchestra Division*
  2. Open Division
*Students in the MYAC Division must be active participants in the MYAC Orchestral Program. All other entrants will be entered in the Open Division including MYAC Chamber, Jazz, and Choral students.

Within each Division, there are 2 Levels:
  1. Junior: for students in 8th grade or younger
  2. Senior: for students in 9th through 12th grades
Days that each Division will be scheduled on:
  • SENIOR OPEN: December 27, 28 and 29
  • JUNIOR OPEN: December 28 and 29
  • MYAC ORCHESTRA SENIOR: December 28 and 29
*Full schedule will be released the week after the registration deadline on December 1st.

The competition is open to all instruments. Instrumental categories are:
  • String
  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Winds & Percussion
  • Early Music*
*All pieces must be performed from memory.

*Please note: Students are automatically entered in the Early Music category if the piece they are performing was written before 1800. Strings, harpsichord, recorders, gamba, winds, and brass are encouraged to participate in this category.


Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Center at Fort Sheridan - Open Division
878 Lyster Road, Highwood IL, 60040
Phone: (847) 926-9898
(Warm-up rooms are furnished with studio pianos. Performance halls are equipped with a Yamaha concert grand piano. A 5-octave Malltech marimba is also available for use.)

Bennett Gordon Hall, Ravinia - MYAC Orchestra Division
201 St. Johns Avenue, Highland Park, IL 60035

Please join us on December 29th for the screening of Open Division Finals!
The top performers from the Open Junior and Open Senior Divisions will have their performance videos screened for the judges after the final performance on December 29th, and we invite everyone to come and watch! The screening will take place in the lobby of the MYAC Center at Fort Sheridan, and is open to all students, friends and families!

Students must provide their own accompanist. The accompanist's name MUST be provided on the application form. To find a local accompanist, please visit www.privatemusicteaching.org (the zip code for MYAC is 60040).


Application & Entry Fee

The competition entry fee is $55 for the Open Division and $35 for MYAC students (MYAC students who are not a part of an MYAC Orchestra pay $35 and are entered into the Open Division).

If you are planning to perform two movements from the same piece, and they can be performed in under 10 minutes, you can perform that on one entry. If you want to perform two movements of the same piece and the performance of those movements would take longer than 10 minutes, you must enter them separately on two separate entries. If you want to perform two movements from two separate pieces, no matter how long each movement is in length, you must enter them separately on two separate entries.

Please note: All applications must be submitted on-line; fees are non-refundable and must be paid on-line or by check, postmarked by December 1st.

Walgreens National Concerto Competition Application

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Complete Entry Fee Payment

After submitting the application, you can pay your fee below ($35 for MYAC members, $55 for all other entries).

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Awards and Prizes

Open Division
One Open Division Overall winner will be selected from either the Junior Overall or Senior Overall winners
One Overall winner will be selected from the Senior Level
One Overall winner will be selected from the Junior Level

MYAC Orchestra Division
One Overall winner will be selected from the Senior Level
One Overall winner will be selected from the Junior Level

Overall Winners

  • The Open Division Overall winner, MYAC Orchestra Division Overall Senior Level winner and Overall Junior Level winner from the 2018 - 2019 competition will perform with the MYAC orchestra on February 24, 2019 at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Evanston, IL.
  • The Overall winners will receive a Cash Award of $1000 plus a MYAC Tuition Scholarship (valued at $750) to be used towards 2019 Summer Music Festival programs or 2019-2020 academic year large ensemble tuition.
  • The Overall Senior MYAC Division winner will have the opportunity to perform on the prestigious From the Top radio program. (Please note: this only applies to students who have not performed as a soloist on prior shows.)
  • Merit Scholarships of up to $24,000 will be available.

Category Winners

  • Category winners will receive a MYAC Tuition Scholarship (valued at $375) to be used toward 2019-2020 academic year large ensemble tuition or 2019 Summer Music Festival programs.
  • Category winners will be chosen, at the discretion of the director, to perform at a Winners Recital at Bennett-Gordon Hall on the Ravinia Campus in Highland Park, Date TBD.
  • Winning soloists may also be selected for performance opportunities with Midwest professional and community orchestras.

Hotel Reservations

Out-of-town participants are encouraged to use the MYAC Walgreens Competition rate at the Marriott Courtyard Highland Park/Northbrook (1505 Lake Cook Road) for this event. To utilize this rate, click here. To reserve a room by phone using the Walgreens Competition Rate, call 888-381-4803.

Additional questions about the Walgreens National Concerto Competition? Please contact Kelly Suthers or Karen Dennis - (847) 926-9898 or mya@mya.org

Notes from parents:

"I wanted to take a moment to write you to thank you for all the work you and the MYAC organization put in to the Walgreens National Concerto Competition. This was the second time that our daughter has entered the competition and both times we have been very impressed with the MYA organization as a whole and the very well-run competition. In addition to the over-all organization of the event, we have always found your team of volunteers who are on-site during the competition to be helpful and friendly. That makes the experience so much better for these young people."

"It is also enormously beneficial for the competitors to receive the judges comment sheets as well as a video of their competition performance. We certainly have appreciated that feedback."

"Congratulations and thank you, once again, to you and your staff and volunteers for hosting such a well-run competition."

"We wanted to express how much we enjoyed participating in this competition and watching the other artists perform. Extremely well run and the people representing your organization were polite and helpful. Our daughter will definitely be competing again."

Previous winners: where are they now?

Jeremy Black

Mandy Dennis

Alisa Jordheim

Tylee Lin

Ben Solomonow

Michael Soule

Rachel Stenzel

Krista Stewart

Natalia Szadkowski

Marta Vieira

Molly Yeh