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The Nico Toscano Concerto Competition supports emerging musicians at the high school and college levels, ages 16-22

DUE TO COVID-19 there is no competition in 2021



FYI: Last year's information and application form


we welcome any piece that falls within the guidelines described here. the performance materials, however, must be available for us to purchase, rent or loan. we will be able to work with you to confirm availability of parts and score.

ORCHESTRATION: must be fit for a small orchestra, double winds/brass maximum. Orchestration may be solo with mixed chamber orchestra (including winds, strings, piano, harp, percussion) or for solo with all winds or all strings.

DURATION: approximately 10 (max. 15) minutes. the selection can be one or more movements or an entire piece. your audition will be approximately 10 minutes.


THEME: we are aiming for repertoire which is not mainstream concert repertoire.

COLLEGE LEVEL STUDENTS:  this year's theme is music by living composers.

HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL STUDENTS: we are widening the theme to include a work by any composer written in 1950 or after. 

if you are uncertain about a specific piece or if you can participate with your particular instrument, feel free to contact us at one of the above e-mail addresses. 

we are looking forward to hear from you - and to hear you play!



The Nico Toscano Concerto Competition supports emerging musicians at the high school and college levels. Named in honor of Nico Toscano, this competition reflects the significant role music played in his short life, providing him with community participation and emotional and spiritual sustenance.  

Even as Nico's physical abilities progressively decreased as a result of a long term mitochondrial disorder, attending student performances, RPO concerts, faculty recitals, and especially Cordancia concerts gave him great joy and comfort and progressively became his main source of communication with the world around him.  

This competition, by offering the opportunity to perform solo with an orchestra and by providing financial support to students who plan to pursue music either as a career or avocation, celebrates the power music can have for healing, connection, and community.

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