LOIS LYMAN CONCERTO COMPETITION

The Lois Lyman Concerto Competition is named after music teacher and one of ESYO's founding members, Lois Lyman. It began in 1985. The winner is selected through a rigorous application and audition process from amongst Symphony Orchestra's membership each year, representing some of hte area's finest musicians. Applicants must perform a concerto from memory before a judging panel. The chosen musician is given the opportunity to perform a solo in concert each season.

Guidelines for Applicants

Lois Lyman Concerto Competition ’20-‘21 Student Guidelines

Competition Date:  Saturday, March 6, 2021


Eligibility/Choice of Competition Music:

  • The competition is open only to members of the Symphony Orchestra in good standing.
  • Previous ESYO Lois Lyman Concerto Competition Winners are not eligible to re-apply for consideration during the season following their concerto performance.
  • For the 2020-2021 season applications will be accepted for all orchestral instruments except percussion and piano. Applicants may audition on only one instrument in any given year, and it need not necessarily be the instrument played in the Symphony Orchestra.
  • Applicants may choose any concerto or other published work for solo (soloists) with orchestral accompaniment. For the 2020-2021 season the instrumentation is restricted. The instrumentation should not exceed:

    2.2.2.2—4.2.3.1—1perc—str [4.4.4.4.2]

    2 flutes (one could double piccolo)
    2 oboes (one could double English horn)
    2 clarinets (one could double bass clarinet or E-flat Clarinet)
    2 bassoons
    4 horns
    2 trumpets
    3 trombones
    1 tuba
    1 percussion (or timpani)
    Strings with limited divisi

  • Concertos for smaller instrumentation (string orchestra) are highly encouraged.
  • The length of the concerto must not exceed 20 min., shorter concertos are highly encouraged.
    In order to fulfill this length requirement, for the 2020-2021 season, you do not have to perform complete concertos if they are longer than 20 minutes, but complete movements from concertos will be accepted.
  • Your choice must be pre-approved by the Music Director using the Repertoire Approval Form before you submit the full application. You will be notified by email when approval has been granted.
    Repertoire Approval Form is due by Jan. 5, 2021
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfI0CkPa3q_TPYXzaU377MHCouC1ZmAPtnlc-68ulXI328sAQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
  • Permission is partly dependent upon the availability of parts and score, and availability of instrumentation.

Competition Application and $25.00 Participation Fee Due:  Jan. 19, 2021
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScLNf_tsv8Yn5A85GEkC73yeR4p2ITyziEWwMwFMtBEmTC4bA/viewform?usp=sf_link

  • Submit the online application after your selection has been approved and you have arranged for an accompanist.
  • Mail your participation fee by check to -
        Empire State Youth Orchestra, 432 State St., Schenectady, NY  12305    OR
        Contact Lisa Stulmaker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to pay by credit card.
  • Your competition registration is not complete until your application and fee have been received. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Preparation and Competition Audition:

  • Applicants must prepare the entire concerto or movement but the judges will determine what portions of your selected piece will be played during the audition. The length of the audition will be approximately ten minutes.
  • For both the audition and the performance, applicants are required to play from memory, unless, as per standard performance practice, this requirement has been waived by the Music Director. All applicants will be permitted to have music available at the audition in order to facilitate finding particular sections in the concerto as requested by the judges.
  • Applicants must provide the judges with a clean copy of the music.
  • Applicants must provide their own accompanist and must supply the required information about the accompanist on their application by the Jan. 19 deadline.
  • Warm-up rooms will be available on the day of the competition.
  • With the exception of the judges, the accompanist, page-turner for the accompanist (if needed), and the individual competition.

Competition Results

  • Judges will select one winner to perform with the Symphony Orchestra. ESYO reserves the right to declare no winner based upon the decision of the judges.
  • Applicants will be notified by email or phone of the judges’ decision within 48 hours of the competition.
  • The work selected for the audition will be the piece the winner performs with the orchestra.
  • Participants will receive a copy of their adjudication forms.

    If you have any questions about your application and/or participation in the competition, please contact Sue Lascoe, ESYO Operations Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Application Form Deadlines

To participate, Symphony Orchestra members must fill out the following forms by the indicated deadlines: 


Concerto Competition-Previous Winners
2019-20
William Luaricella, piano
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102
2018-19
William Han, cello
Cello Concerto No. 1, Op. 107, Dmitri Shostakovich
2017-18
Gabrielle Kim, piano
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, Edvard Grieg
2016-2017
Aram Kim, violin
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor, Op. 37, Henri Vieuxtemps
2015-2016
Michael Zhu, violin
The Lark Ascending, Ralph Vaughan Williams
2014-2015
Hannah Dick, percussion
Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra, Op. 12, Ney Rosauro
2013-2014
Clare Criscione, violin
Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61, Camille Saint-Saëns
2012-2013
Jacob Efthimiou, cello
Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op.33, Camille Saint-Saëns
2011-2012
Lisa Liu, violin
The Butterfly Lovers, by Chen Gang and He Zhanhao

 

2010-2011
Turi Scilipoti, flute
Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, by Jacques Ibert
2009-2010
Zachary Evans, violin
Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21, by Édouard Lalo
2008-2009
Ryan Reilly, piano
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat, S. 124, by Franz Liszt
2007-2008
Anthony Bellino, trumpet
Proclamation, by Ernest Bloch

 

2006-2007
Leo Brown, violin
Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20
2005-2006
Jack Qian, violin
Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64, by Felix Mendelssohn
2004-2005
Eric Zhou, violin
The Butterfly Lovers, by Chen Gang and He Zhanhao
2003-2004
James Benoit, marimba
Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints, Op. 211, by Alan Hovhaness
2002-2003
Kathryn Andersen, violin
Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21, by Édouard Lalo
2001-2002
Ashley Bathgate, cello
Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129, by Robert Schumann
1999-2000
Ashley Bathgate, cello
Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33, by Camille Saint-Saëns
1998-1999
Benjamin Chan, violin
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61, by Ludwig van Beethoven
1997-1998
Felice Kuan, piano
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, by Edvard Grieg
1996-1997
Jonathan Chu, violin
Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 61, by Camille Saint-Saëns
1995-1996
Adrienne Chamberlain, French horn
Concerto #1 by Richard Strauss
1994-1995
Jennifer Chu, piano
Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25, by Felix Mendelssohn
1993-1994
Marisa Range, piano
Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22, by Camille Saint-Saëns
1992-1993
Nathan Lawrence, violin
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
1991-1992
Clancy Newman, cello
Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104, by Antonín Dvořák
1990-1991
Emily Greitzer, violin
Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21, by Édouard Lalo
1989-1990
Meg Bragle, violin
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, by Samuel Barber
1988-1989
Michelle Fenton, bassoon
Concerto in B flat Major, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Stefon Harris, marimba
Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints, by Alan Hovhaness
1987-1988
Martha Pushee, piano
Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 19, by Ludwig van Beethoven
1986-1987
Dana Gooley, piano
Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25, by Felix Mendelssohn
Lisa Cole, clarinet
Concerto in A Major, K. 622, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
1985-1986
Joyce Ryu, violin
Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64

William Lauricella, piano

2019-20 Competition Winner
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102

William Han, cello

2018-19 Competition Winner
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1, Op. 107

Gabrielle Kim, piano

2017-18 Competition Winner
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Aram Kim, violin

2016-2017 Competition Winner
Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor, Op. 37