The Concerto-Aria. A Premier Event.

Student holds violin

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 the Concerto-Aria Concert must be enrolled for at least six hours for credit during the semester of the concert, and must be studying for credit with a member of the applied music staff to ensure that he or she will represent performance standards set by the Program. A student may be chosen to appear in Concerto Aria only twice in his/her career at Augustana, and not in consecutive years.

The auditions for soloists for this event are normally held in late February in Kresge 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 Concert 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.