Education & Community

Curb Concerto Competition


Hosted by the Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, this instrumental competition is held to promote, encourage, and support young musicians in the state of Tennessee. It is open to classically trained, instrumental music students ages 14 -18. Students who play woodwind, brass, string, piano, and percussion instruments are eligible to apply. In addition to the cash prize, the grand prize winner will be considered for a performance as soloist at the Nashville Symphony’s free Side-by-Side Concert.


Round 1: Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Outstanding performers are selected to compete in the final round.

Round 2: Sunday, February 25, 2018, from 1-5 p.m. First Runner- Up, Grand Prize winner selected.


  • Grand Prize winner receives $2,500, two season ticket subscriptions to the Nashville Symphony Classical Series, and will be considered for a performance as soloist at the Nashville Symphony’s free Side-by-Side Concert.
  • First Runner-Up receives $1,000 and two partial season ticket packages to the Nashville Symphony Classical Series.
  • Second Runner-Up receives $500 and a pair of tickets to a Nashville Symphony Classical concert.
  • All entrants receive a certificate of participation.


  • Contestants will provide their own accompanists and five copies of complete scores of their selections.
  • One parent OR music teacher is allowed to attend the dayʼs events with the student.
  • Only judges, competition staff, student and accompanist are allowed in the audition area.
  • Previous Grand Prizewinners may not compete in consecutive years.
  • Grand Prizewinner must be available for subsequent rehearsals.
  • All applicants' parent(s)/ guardian(s) must sign a media waiver.
  • All applicants must provide their own instruments for both audition and performances.


Each entrant must perform a concerto movement of standard repertoire from the 17th century to present. The selection length must not exceed ten minutes. An applicant’s concerto movement may exceed ten minutes, however the selection performed in the competition must fit within this time constraint. If necessary, cuts may be made to the selection performed (preferably to tuttis in the accompaniment) for the competition and must be indicated in the scores provided. Applicants must be prepared to perform the entire movement should they proceed to the final round, even if it exceeds the ten minute limit. In the first round of the competition, contestants whose selection exceeds 10 minutes in the first round of the competition will not be permitted to continue, and may be disqualified. The same piece must be performed during both rounds of competition.


Open to instrumental students ages 14 – 18 (student must fall between these ages at the time of the competition) and must have not yet graduated from high school. Students must reside and attend school in the state of Tennessee or be a current member of the Curb Youth Symphony.


Round 1, Saturday, February 24, 2018: Each student will perform for a panel of judges. Finalists will advance to Round 2.

Round 2, Sunday, February 25, 2018: Each finalist will perform for a second panel of judges. The winner of this round will be awarded the Grand Prize.


The competition will be held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Directions will be made available to each participant.


Step 1: Complete and submit the online registration form; all fields in the registration form must be complete and accurate. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Registration will open November 27, 2017.

Step 2: Receive confirmation email that includes PDF to be printed and affix instructor and parent/guardian signatures

Step 3: Mail instructor and parent/guardian signatures, five (5) copies of score, and performance résumé to Nashville Symphony, postmarked by Friday, January 26, 2018.


This year’s Curb Concerto Competition will be limited to no more than 24 contestants. After 24 qualifying applications are complete, no more submissions will be accepted, and entry to the competition will be closed: even if the entry deadline has not yet arrived. To best ensure your acceptance to the competition, complete your application as early as possible.

Mailed forms must include:

Signed form from instructor and parent/guardian.

Five unmarked and legible copies of piano score(solo part and piano). Cuts to be performed may be indicated. 

Competition/performance résumé

All submissions due by Friday, January 26, 2018, or until all audition slots have been filled.


Curb Concerto Competition
The Nashville Symphony
One Symphony Place, Nashville, TN 37201


Nashville Symphony Education Department Phone: 615.687.6398 Fax: 615.687.6530 E-mail: