GGS Concerto Competition Application

Winners of The GGS Concerto Competition will receive a performance date with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in the 2018-19 concert season and the Tom Thomas Music Award, an annual prize for students who demonstrate exceptional potential for a solo career in classical music.


  • The 2017-18 competition is open to all instruments and voice types.
  • Open to Performance Diploma and Artist Diploma students in full-time studies during the 2017-18 academic year.
  • Past winners of the competition are not eligible to compete, unless they had previously won as a member of an ensemble.


  • Participants cannot participate in the competition with repertoire submitted by them in previous years.
  • Participants cannot participate in the competition with winning repertoire from the previous year:
    • Liszt - Piano Concerto No. 1
    • Poulenc - Concerto fo Two Pianos
    • Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 2
    • Strauss - Four Last Songs
  • Preliminary Round
    • Participants will be allotted a maximum of 15 minutes.
    • The participant shall prepare the entire concerto, but shall select and present representative sections of the concerto totaling 12 - 13 minutes for performance in this round.
    • Participants must provide two copies of their music to the panel, indicating the specific sections planned to be performed.
    • Please note that the jury may request to hear any part of the work not included in the above and may ask you to stop and start at their discretion.
  • ​Final Round
    • Participants shall perform the concerto in its entirety.
  • All performances, except concerti with two or more musicians, must be from memory (certain contemporary concerti may also be exempt – please see the Dean for more information).
  • Vocalists must perform works that are complete and original concert works for voice and orchestra – Opera arias, selections from larger pieces, and works for choir are not eligible.
  • The Glenn Gould School will subsidize collaborative pianist expenses up to $50 per competitor, per round.
  • Performers must make arrangements for their own collaborative pianist, warm-up space, and page turner.


Competitors must submit applications online no later than 5 pm Monday January 8, 2018.

Participants must have approval from their private instructor to enter the competition. Please note that teachers will be automatically notified of completed online entries.

Competition Dates

  • Preliminary Round: Monday, January 29, 2018*
  • Final Round: Wednesday, January 31, 2018*

*Be prepared to perform anytime between 9:00am and 7:00pm on both days