Student Solo Competition

Attention: Student Musician, Band Director or Private Teacher:

The Tacoma Concert Band is pleased to announce our 31st annual student soloist competition. The student soloist competition reflects our desire to recognize and encourage talented young musicians in the Puget Sound area. The first place winner will receive the Wayne Timmerman prize of $1,500, and will be featured as a soloist at our March 2nd concert. There is also a runner-up prize of $500!

If you are interested, we would love to hear you play!
Our live audition day on Sunday, December 3rd.
To apply, please fill out the attached Google form–here’s the link:
The application deadline is Monday, November 20, 2023.
Please carefully read the following description and requirements.


The Tacoma Concert Band is a nationally acclaimed community symphonic band that is dedicated to providing its audiences with the highest quality classical and contemporary music. The Student Soloist Competition reflects our desire to recognize and encourage talented young musicians in the Puget Sound Area. We are inviting high school brass, woodwind and percussion students to audition and participate in the 31st annual Student Soloist Competition. Any Puget Sound area high school woodwind, brass,or percussion student who has received the recommendation of their high school band director are eligible, and home-schooled students are encouraged to participate.

Benefits of Participation
• Perform as a soloist with one of the most respected community concert bands in the nation
• Receive coaching in style, interpretation and stage presence from Gerard Morris, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the University of Puget Sound
• Receive the Wayne Timmerman Prize of $1,500 or a runner-up prize of $500.
• Use this as an opportunity to gain experience to compete for region and state solo and ensemble festivals, as well as college admission and scholarship auditions

Requirements (Read Carefully!):
• The student must perform a live solo audition on Sunday, Dec 3, 2023, at the University of Puget Sound Schneebeck Recital Hall between the times of 12-4PM.
• You will be assigned your specific audition time after November 20th.
• The piece performed must be of high musical and technical substance and quality
• The soloist MUST be accompanied by piano at the audition. The soloist is responsible for acquiring their own piano accompanist.
• The piece must be approved in advance of the competition by the Tacoma Concert Band
• The piece or movement from a piece must be performed in its entirety; cuts will not be allowed.
• The piece may not exceed 12 minutes in length.
• The piece performed at the audition must be the one intended for the performance with the Tacoma Concert Band.
• The piece selected must have a band accompaniment easily and readily available to borrow or purchase. Music that is deemed as “rental only” will not be accepted.
• It is the responsibility of the soloist to research the availability of the band arrangement of the piece (whether by loan or purchase) and also know the purchase price. A good resource for this information is the music publisher of the piece.
• The student must be available for all of the following rehearsal dates:
           January 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28.
  All rehearsals take place from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Pantages Theater in Studio 2.

The performance at the Pantages Theater in Tacoma on March 2, 2024.


Please email any questions to:

Helpful Information
  • Application Deadline:
    Monday, November 20, 2023
  • Live Audition Day:
    Sunday, December 3, 2023
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