Orchestral Audition Competition

2018 Orchestral Audition Competition

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Eligibility: The competition is open to clarinetists of all ages who are not employed full-time as salaried members of a professional symphony orchestra.

Application: Deadline for the submission of application and other application materials is Sunday, April 1, 2018. Watch this space for registration information.

Orchestral Audition Competition Coordinator: Scot Humes


1. Application Fee: $65 USD. All applicants must be members of the I.C.A. and submit the Competition Application. Non-members wishing to apply may join the I.C.A. and become a member. Join now! The application fee is non-refundable.

2. Recording Instructions: Please provide a high quality recording containing the following excerpts, in the exact order. Each selection/movement should be listed as a single track, and should not contain your name. Please be aware that the quality of the recording will influence the judges. Recordings should not be edited and only continuous performances of entire works or movements are allowed.

Mozart: Concerto, K. 622, Movement I, exposition only – unnaccompanied

1st Clarinet

a. Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 – Mvt. II, mm. 10-17 and mm. 81-89; Mvt. IV mm. 297-302
b. Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf – rehearsal 20 (Nervoso) until rehearsal 21
c. Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 – Mvt. III, beginning to [47]
d. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade – Mvt. II, cadenzas from [F] to [G], and Mvt. III, Opening until [A], and Mvt. IV, [I] to [K] 

Bass Clarinet

e. Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite – On The Trail, rehearsal [2] until one measure after [3]
f. Shostakovich: Violin Concerto #1 – Mvt. II, [23] until four measures before [25]
g. Stravinsky: Rite of Spring – [5] until four measures after [6]; [11] to [12]; and one measure before [141] to [142]
h. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker – No. 4. “Scéne Dansante” [33] to [34]

3. A separate written and signed statement, attesting the recording is the playing of the contestant and has not been edited.

4. A permanent address, telephone number and e-mail address should be provided.


Judging of recordings will be conducted with no knowledge of the contestants. Do not include any identification on your audio files. There should be no speaking on the recording, such as announcing of compositions. Preliminary judging will be held by recorded audition. Semifinalists will be chosen by committee and notified via email by Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Semifinal and final rounds will be at ClarinetFest® 2018, to be held in Ostend, Belgium from July 6-11, 2018. Repertoire for the Semifinal and Final rounds will consist of the excerpts listed above. Past first-prize winners are not eligible to compete. All contestants will accept the decision of the judges as final. All semifinalists will receive free registration at ClarinetFest® 2018. Travel expenses will be the responsibility of the contestant. All recordings will become the property of the I.C.A. and will not be returned.


First Prize:
$1000.00 and Gregory Smith model clarinet mouthpiece

Second Prize:
$500.00 and Gregory Smith model clarinet mouthpiece

The Orchestral Audition Competition is generously sponsored in part by Gregory Smith.

The International Clarinet Association assumes no tax liability that competition winners may incur through receiving prize money. Individuals are responsible for investigating applicable tax laws and reporting prize winnings to requisite government agencies. In accordance with U.S. tax law, a 30% tax on the total amount of prize winnings will be withheld and submitted to the United States Internal Revenue Service if the winner is a non-U.S. resident. Prize money will be given in the form of a U.S. check or an electronic PayPal transfer. PayPal transfers must be requested prior to the final awards ceremony on the final evening of ClarinetFest®.