P.O. Box 41882
Tucson, AZ 85717
(520) 623-1500


Program Highlights

  • Rehearsals and clinics led by Tucson Philharmonia Music Director Suzette Battan and nationally recognized conductors.
  • Coaching and sectional rehearsals with members of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, University of Arizona School of Music faculty, and other area professionals.
  • In-depth preparation and concert performances of orchestral masterworks including GŲransson: The Mandalorian, Stravinsky: Firebird Suite, Saint-SaŽns: Danse Bacchanale, Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien, and other repertoire to be determined.
  • Fall Retreat and Tucson Symphony Artists Residency offering in-depth coaching sessions in symphonic performance techniques and instruction in orchestral conducting fundamentals.

  • Philharmonia Scholarship Competition culminating in the Philharmonia Artists Spotlight Concert, providing cash awards for professional development and summer study at workshops and festivals.

Spring Gala 2023, Catalina Foothills HS Auditorium, April 2023


2024 TPYO Scholarship Competition Information

Preliminary Auditions                  Sat., December 9, 2023      9:00am-1:00pm
2024 Artists Spotlight (Finals)     Sat., February 11, 2024      2:00pm

Current TPYO members are eligible to compete. Competitors must be TPYO
members for both semesters of the 2023/2024 season to win awards.

The TPYO Scholarship Competition presents cash awards and solo appearances to Philharmonia members who demonstrate superior musicianship and artistry.

All applicants will performance at the preliminary auditions on Saturday, 
December, 2023 at the Armory Park Center when the first group of
$150 scholarships will be awarded. 
The top six finalists, chosen at the 
preliminary audition, will perform on the 
2024 A
rtists Spotlight on Sunday, February 11, 2024 at the Catalina Foothills 
HS Auditorium where cash awards from $300 to $700 will be presented.

The adjudication panel will be members of the Tucson Symphony and other
professional musicians who have no students entered in the competition.
The preliminary auditions are private, but are open to teachers of the

- Applicants may audition on more than one instrument and on an
instrument other than the one that they play in TPYO; however, they can only advance to the finals on one instrument.
- Repertoire Options:
One movement (or two short movements) or any published composition
written for soloist and piano accompaniment.
Piano and harp works may be unaccompanied if desired.
- Auditions (both preliminary and finals) must be accompanied by a
pianist provided by the competitor.
- Competitors have a maximum of eight minutes of performance time, with a minimum of six minutes. (Cuts in the tutti sections or the solo part are permitted in order to comply with the time limit.)
Note: Finalists are able to perform the entire movement of their piece at the finals depending on the overall composition length.
- The chosen composition need NOT be memorized but extra consideration is given to competitors performing by memory.
- Competitors must furnish
three copies of their piece (either the solo part or the piano accompaniment (photocopies are acceptable.)
- Decisions of the adjudication panel will be based on musical criteria (musicianship, technique, artistic maturity). 
The difficulty of the orchestral accompaniment and its availability will be a consideration in the selection of the work to be performed by a competitor chosen as a soloist.
- Previous award winners are eligible to audition each year for cash awards, but are ineligible to be selected as a soloist in two successive competitions or years.

Special Citations: Up to eight monetary awards of $150 will be given to competitors presenting outstanding performances during the preliminaries who are non-finalists.

Competitors selected as finalists are required to perform on the
2024 Artists Spotlight concert to be awarded any scholarship funds.
In the event of the inability of a finalist to perform at the concert,
an alternate competitor will be added (at the discretion of the panel).

Medalist Awards: Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals will be awarded to outstanding performers selected by the panel. Multiple medals may be awarded. In addition a cash award of $700 will be awarded to each Gold Medalist, $500 to each Silver Medalist, and $300 to each Bronze Medalist.

Solo Performances: Invitations will be extended to the top medalist to solo at the Spring Gala 2024 (April 21, 2024) and to other medalists to appear as soloists during the 2024-2025 season if they are still a TPYO member.

The deadline for the submission of the REGISTRATION FORM and the $25 REGISTRATION FEE (fee can be submitted at rehearsal or paid
 online at "Membership Costs") is Sunday, November 21, 2023. 
A teacher's endorsement is required in order to compete 
(signature on 
form or emailed endorsement to info@tpyo.org).

Download 2024 TPYO Scholarship Competition Registration Form




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