Curb Concerto Competition

The Curb Concerto Competition has been postponed. Please check back with us this summer for more information on next season's event.

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 – Outstanding performers are selected to compete in the final round. 2021 date TBA. 

Round 2First Runner- Up, Grand Prize winner selected. 2021 date TBA. 


  • Grand Prize winner receives $1,500, 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.


  • 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 Prize winners may not compete in consecutive years.
  • Grand Prize winner 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 classical repertoire. The selection length must not exceed 10 minutes. Each contestant's selection is subject to approval.

An applicant’s concerto movement may exceed 10 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.

Contestants whose selection exceeds 10 minutes in the first round of the competition will not be permitted to continue, and may be disqualified.

Please note that applicants must be prepared to perform the entire movement, should they proceed to the final round, even if it exceeds the 10-minute limit. 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) who have not yet graduated from high school. Students must reside and attend school in the state of Tennessee or be a student at our partner institution, Blair School of Music.


Round 1Each student will perform for a panel of judges. Finalists will advance to Round 2. 2021 date TBA.

Round 2Each finalist will perform for a second panel of judges. The winner of this round will be awarded the Grand Prize. 2021 date TBA.


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


  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 in mid-December 2020.
  2. A confirmation email will be sent to you, along with a PDF to be printed and signed by both your instructor and parent/guardian.
  3. Mail instructor and parent/guardian signatures, five (5) copies of score, and performance résumé to:


Curb Concerto Competition

Nashville Symphony

1 Symphony Place

Nashville, TN 37201-2013


Deadline TBA. 


This year’s Curb Concerto Competition will be limited to no more than 24 contestants. After 24 complete qualifying applications are received, no more submissions will be accepted. For the best possibility of ensuring 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 resume

We will accept submissions until designated deadline or until all audition slots have been filled.


Please contact the Nashville Symphony Education Department:


Phone: 615.687.6398

Fax: 615.687.6530