The Concerto Aria. A Premier Event.

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The annual Concerto Aria premiere event is sponsored by the Department of Performing and Visual Arts is scheduled for the spring of each year. This concert provides the opportunity for outstanding student soloists to earn the privilege of playing or singing with orchestral accompaniment in a formal concert at the Washington Pavilion.

Students eligible to audition for Concerto Aria must take applied lessons during the semester prior and the semester of the competition. A student may be chosen to appear in Concerto Aria only twice in his/her career at Augustana, and not in consecutive years. All Students who intend on auditioning for Concerto Aria must complete a Concerto Aria Audition Application and submit it to the PVA Division Coordinator by the given deadline each fall semester. Application forms can be requested from the PVA Division Coordinator. 

The auditions for soloists for this event are normally held in early February in Hamre Recital Hall before an independent panel of adjudicators. The student is required to audition with the composition he or she intends to perform should he or she be selected. All students, in consultation with their instructor, may audition and perform with or without music.

Students who wish to be considered for a place on the Concerto Aria program should consult with their instructors to choose and prepare their selections well in advance of the applied exams in December. Only those students recommended by their applied jury will be considered for the auditions in February. A list of those students selected by the faculty will be posted by mid-December.

A maximum of three (3) contestants in each of the instrumental areas and keyboard as well as a maximum of six (6) vocal contestants may be chosen for the final audition/competition. The number of winners will vary each year depending on the length, instrumentation, etc., after consultation with the Director of Orchestras.