Competition Guidelines

  1. Deadline

    All applications must be postmarked by no later than February 15, 2016 and must be accompanied by an entrance fee of $25 (checks payable to WIU Orchestra Foundation). Please download the PDF Application Form, fill it out online, print it and mail it to the address provided on the form.

  2. Rounds

    All rounds are open to the public. Admission is free.      
    The public rounds will be divided into two possible stages:      

    • The purpose of the first round, starting at 10:00 am, is to choose the candidates who will be admitted to the final round.
    • The purpose of the final round, starting at 2:00 pm, is to rank the top three finalists.
  3. Drawing of lots   

    In the two public rounds the candidates will perform in the order established by the drawing of lots. The purpose of the drawing of lots is to establish the order in which candidates will perform. Candidates in the first round will be assigned an individual place in the order of appearance, which will apply to the two rounds of the competition. The competition organizers will draw lots at random to determine the order of the competition.

  4. Memorization            

    All works must be performed from memory.

  5. Repertoire

    Participants will perform one standard work or the first movement of a concerto. Please see our repertoire list for suggested works. If you submit a work that is not on our list, you will be asked to supply us with additional information about it by email prior submitting your completed application. We will need to know the instrumentation and the publisher of the orchestral material. Your chosen work is subject to approval by the Director of Orchestral Activities, Dr. Richard Hughey.

  6. Eligibility

    The Vamos Competition is open to all high school violinists and violists, currently enrolled in a high school, 18 years old or younger.      

    By entering the competition, candidates agree to participate in all the rounds and concert for which they will be selected by the organizers of the Competition. The competition organizers reserve the right not to award based on the decision of the judges. The decision of the judges on March 19, 2016 will be final.

  7. Recordings

    All rounds of the Competition, as well as the final concert with the orchestra will be recorded, with a view to releasing them in various formats (CD, DVD, etc.). All competitors will receive a recording of their performances.


    Judges will write performance comments on each round of the competition, which will be available at a later time to the candidates.

  9. Scores

    Candidates are expected to use the original scores of the works they perform. The Competition cannot be held responsible for public use of illegal copies. Candidates must be able to supply the piano scores of their works to the competition organizers.

  10. Winner

    The First Prize winner of the VCC will perform with the Western Illinois University Symphony Orchestra in the September 23, 2016 concert at 7:30 pm, conducted by Dr. Richard Hughey. The winner will receive the First Prize of $300. Rehearsal(s) with the orchestra will be on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm and the dress rehearsal on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 3:00 pm.

  11. Accompanists

    Each competitor must perform with accompaniment. Everyone is encouraged to bring his or her own accompanist to the competition. WIU can provide a collaborative pianist, however rehearsal time prior to the competition will be quite limited.