Rising Star

The Rising Star Concerto Competition


The Rising Star Young Artist Concerto Competition is for pre-college string players (violin, viola, cello or string bass) ages 12 - 19. Students enrolled full-time in a college or university are not eligible. Applicants must submit a preliminary round application and finalists will be selected on the basis of the taped audition. Finalists are then invited to compete in live auditions.


One movement, not to exceed 15 minutes, of any standard concerto for string instrument and orchestra. Please see Additional Information for repertoire restrictions. Competition performance must be from memory and with pianist.


Preliminary Application

Recordings for preliminary applications must be a live, unedited performance of the concerto selection with accompanist. Preliminary Round Audition deadline: December 1, 2019. Application form and recorded performance must be submitted by that date (See Additional Information).


Final Round Live Competitions

The Final Round Live Competition will be held in the Shuck Recital Hall on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University on January 12, 2020 from 1 — 4 pm. The first place winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and a performance with the Southeast Missouri Symphony on its March 10, 2020 subscription series concert in the Bedell Performance Hall, River Campus, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO. If the winner cannot perform on the concert date, he/she forfeits all awards. The second place winner will receive a $350 cash prize


Additional Information

Repertoire: One movement (not to exceed 15 minutes) of any standard concerto for violin, viola, cello, or string bass and orchestra. Repertoire restrictions: Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto in D Major and Bruch, Scottish Fantasy, are excluded this year from this competition due to programmatic considerations.

Application Materials (must be submitted by December 1, 2019)
  • Online application form
  • Nonrefundable fee of $40
  • Recording of concerto movement
  • The applicant must submit a recording of a live, unedited performance with piano accompaniment of the concerto movement

Recording can be submitted using one of the three following options:

  1. Email the recording as an mp3 file to sedgerton@semo.edu
  2. Mail a CD or DVD recording to: Dr. Sara Edgerton, Department of Music, MS7800, Southeast Missouri State University, One University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. The CD or DVD must be postmarked by December 1, 2019
  3. Provide a Youtube link to your performance of the concerto movement

Applicants will be notified of their status by December 15, 2019

Final Round Live Competition

The Final Round Live Competition will be held from 1 – 4 pm on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Shuck Recital Hall, River Campus, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO

Accompanist: Entrants will provide their own accompanist. Teachers may accompany their own students. A list of area accompanists will be provided upon request.

Additional regulations for Finalists in the Concerto Competition (January 12, 2020)
  • The performance must be from memory.
  • Each finalist must provide the judges with one score.
  • The competition will be open to the public.
  • The decision of the judges is final; the judges reserve the right not to select a first place and/or second place winner.
  • The winner must be available to perform with the orchestra on March 10, 2020, must be available to attend scheduled rehearsals (especially, dress rehearsals on the evenings of March 8 and 9). Failure to adhere to mutually agreed-upon rehearsal times will result in forfeiting the award and performance.
  • The winner must perform the same concerto movement in the competition and the performance.
  • The winner of the Rising Star Competition is ineligible to compete again in the competition; the second place winner is eligible to compete in future years.

For more information, please contact the director of the Rising Star Competition: Dr. Sara Edgerton, Department of Music, Southeast Missouri State University: (573) 651-2140; sedgerton@semo.edu

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River Campus Seminary 254
Department of Music
One University Plaza, MS 7800
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701