Boston Civic Symphony

P.O. Box 1082
Brookline, MA 02446

Date Posted:
November 13, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



Concerto Competition for Youth Violinists


The Boston Civic Symphony is pleased to announce that this season’s James R. Powers Competition will be open to young violinists (up to high school age) from the greater Boston area. The winner will perform a movement of a violin concerto with the Boston Civic Symphony at Jordan Hall on Sunday, May 5, 2019, and will receive a $400 scholarship.


The 2018-19 competition is open to violinists only. Applications must be of high school age or younger, must reside and/or attend school in the greater Boston area, and may not yet have enrolled full-time in college or a conservatory. Previous winners will not be considered. The winner must be

available and willing to play with the Boston Civic Symphony at Jordan Hall on Sunday, May 5, 2019.

Applicants must perform a movement from a concerto or concert piece from the standard orchestra literature. Any questions regarding suitability of the piece should be emailed to The first round of auditions will be done by videos. Candidates should submit a link to video showing themselves playing the entire concerto movement that they intend to play if selected as the winner.

A second round of live auditions for selected candidates will be held in mid January 2019 in the Greater Boston area. Finalists advancing to the second round will be notified by Sunday, December 23, 2018. Each finalist should be prepared to play the entire movement he or she wishes to perform if chosen as the winner. Each applicant must provide his or her own piano accompaniment.

Video auditions are due on Friday, December 14, 2018 at midnight. Please send a link to a YouTube or Vimeo as instructed on the online application form. DVDs or other physical media will not be accepted.
How To Apply:

To apply, please fill out the online audition form at or visit

Apply by:
December 14, 2018
About this Organization:
Founded in 1924 by the late educator, conductor and composer, Joseph Wagner, the Boston Civic Symphony is the second oldest symphony orchestra in the city. As one of Boston’s most respected musical organizations, the BCS has distinguished itself from other local musical groups through its focus on presenting an unusually broad range of music by exceptionally skilled students and amateurs and through its emphasis on developing a broad-based audience. The BCS has defined its objectives as follows:

1. To encourage attendance by a diverse population from the Greater Boston area by offering moderately priced tickets and by distribution of a number of free tickets to underserved populations in Boston.

2. To provide orchestral training and experience under competent direction for teachers, students of music who are preparing for professional careers, and skilled amateurs.

3. To offer performances of unusual and contemporary works, with a special focus on American compositions, with leading soloists. The BCS performs three major concerts and one fund-raisers each year, which offer a range of classical and contemporary music. 

The BCS’s presentation of works by masters like Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms is balanced by its performances of pieces by contemporary American composers.

Concerts are held at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and the Fine Art Center at Regis College in Weston, MA.