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ELIGIBILTYInstrumentalists or Vocalists ages 15-22 residing or attending school in Monroe County, New York 

WINNERS: (one in each division) will receive $200 and will with Cordancia on the spring concert cycle.

    •    Junior Division – Age 15-18 (under age 19 on December 5th, 2023)

    •    Senior Division – Age 19-22 (under age 23 on December 5th, 2023)



Pieces for Soloist and Chamber Orchestra with a connection to Plants, Animals, Environment, Climate, Landscape, Seasons, etc.

REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS: 16 minutes maximum - at least one complete movement. If more than one movement, the total must fit within the time limit. Music must be for Chamber Orchestra or smaller – no larger than an orchestra of strings,double winds, keyboard, harp and percussion. The piece can use smaller instrumentation, for example a string orchestra. Repertoire will be reviewed for instrumentation and availability.  


COMPETITION:  December 5, 2023 starting at 5 pm at The Hochstein School (live in person) competitors will be notified of their specific time. Only the competitor and accompanist will be permitted to attend the competition performance.  


PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT: required for competition, competitors must provide their own.


Application Deadline:  Completed application form to be emailed to and application fee paid by November 7, 2023. (See application button above.)  

FEE:  $15 pay by check mailed to Cordancia Inc. c/o Sally Bossert, c/o Cordancia, 3292 Lake Road N, Brockport, NY 14420 or via Paypal to


We are looking forward to hearing from you - and hearing you play!



The Nico Toscano Young Musicians 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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