The Royal Conservatory The Glenn Gould School


  • T. C. Fitzgerald Double Bass Recital
    October 21, 2018 7:00 pm
  • Jamey Haddad Master Class
    October 26, 2018 10:30 am
  • Zvi Plesser Master Class
    November 02, 2018 10:00 am
  • Carol Jantsch Master Class
    November 02, 2018 10:30 am
  • Stephen Prutsman Master Class
    November 02, 2018 11:00 am

GGS 2017-18 Concerto Competition

Winners of The GGS Concerto Competition will receive a performance date with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in the 2018-19 concert season and the Tom Thomas Award, an annual prize for students who demonstrate exceptional potential for a solo career in classical music.
The competition is open to all instruments and voice types. 
Open to Performance Diploma and Artist Diploma students in full-time studies during the 2017-18 academic year.
Past winners of the competition are not eligible to compete, unless they had previously won as a member of an ensemble.
Important Dates:
Application deadline: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 5 pm
Preliminary Round: Monday, January 29, 2018, beginning at 9 am – Mazzoleni Hall
Final Round: Wednesday, January 31, 2018, beginning at 10 am – Koerner Hall
Participants cannot participate in the competition with repertoire submitted by them in previous years.
Participants cannot participate in the competition with winning repertoire from the previous year:
Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1
Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2
Strauss Four Last Songs
Preliminary Round
• Participants will be allotted a maximum of 15 minutes.
• The participant shall prepare the entire concerto, but shall select and present representative sections of the concerto totaling 12 - 13 minutes for performance in this round.
• Participants must provide two copies of their music to the panel, indicating the specific sections planned to be performed.
• Please note that the jury may request to hear any part of the work not included in the above and may ask you to stop and start at their discretion.
Final Round
Participants shall perform the concerto in its entirety.
All performances, except concerti with two or more musicians, must be from memory (certain contemporary concerti may also be exempt – please see the Dean for more information).
Vocalists must perform works that are complete and original concert works for voice and orchestra – Opera arias, selections from larger pieces, and works for choir are not eligible.
The Glenn Gould School will subsidize collaborative pianist expenses up to $50 per competitor, per round.
Performers must make arrangements for their own collaborative pianist, warm-up space, and page turner. 
Participants must have approval from their private instructor to enter the competition.
Please note that instructors will be automatically notified of completed online entries.