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
  • Symphony Orchestra musicians may apply once they have been accepted into an ESYO group for its 2019-2020 season.
  • Competition Date: The competition will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 (snow date Sunday, January 19) at The Massry Center for the Arts at The College of St. Rose.  The winner will perform with the Symphony Orchestra as part of the April 2020 concert.
  • Application Deadline: November 15, 2019, and it will be strictly enforced. NO applications will be accepted after the deadline, and any applications that were submitted in time but were incomplete (for example, lacking the name of your accompanist) must be completed by the deadline or they will be removed from consideration.
  • The application fee for the Concerto Competition is $25.
  • 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.
    • Applications will be accepted for all orchestral instruments including harp, 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.
      • Your choice must be pre-approved by the Music Director using the Repertoire Approval Form before you submit the full application.
        • The Concerto Competition Repertoire Approval Form must be submitted to the ESYO office by October 25, 2019. You will be notified by email when approval has been granted.
        • Permission is partly dependent upon the availability of parts and score.
        • The length of the concerto must not exceed 30 minutes, unless pre-approved by the Music Director.  
  • Preparation and Competition Audition:
    • Applicants must prepare the entire concerto, but the judges will determine what portions of your selected piece will be played during the competition 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 by November 15, 2019, the deadline for submitting the application.
    • Warm-up rooms will be available on the day of the competition. Harpists, percussionists, and pianists will warm up in the audition space because of audition set-up issues and, for pianists, the use of unfamiliar instruments.
    • With the exception of the judges, the accompanist, page-turners for the accompanist (if needed), and the individual applicant at his/her scheduled time, no one is allowed in the audition space during the competition.
  • Competition Results:
    • Judges will select the winner and runner-up.
      •  ESYO reserves the right to declare no winner based upon the decision of the judges.
    • The winner will play the entire concerto (performed for the competition) with the Symphony Orchestra at its concert in April.
    • The runner-up may be invited to perform a movement (or movements) of his/her piece with the Repertory Orchestra. This decision will be made by the Repertory Orchestra Conductor and the Music Director.
    • The adjudication forms will be sent to each student after the competition.
    • Applicants will be notified by email or telephone of the judges’ decision within 48 hours of the competition.

Note: If you wish to enter the competition, we strongly recommend that you obtain approval for the piece and make arrangements with an accompanist as soon as possible. if you have any questions about your application and/or participation in the competition, please contact Sue Lascoe, Operations Director, at the ESYO office at (518) 382-7581 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Application Deadlines

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

Concerto Competition-Previous Winners
William Luaricella, piano
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102
William Han, cello
Cello Concerto No. 1, Op. 107, Dmitri Shostakovich
Gabrielle Kim, piano
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, Edvard Grieg
Aram Kim, violin
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor, Op. 37, Henri Vieuxtemps
Michael Zhu, violin
The Lark Ascending, Ralph Vaughan Williams
Hannah Dick, percussion
Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra, Op. 12,  Ney Rosauro
Clare Criscione, violin
Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61, Camille Saint-Saëns
Jacob Efthimiou, cello
Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op.33, Camille Saint-Saëns
Lisa Liu, violin
The Butterfly Lovers, by Chen Gang and He Zhanhao
Turi Scilipoti, flute
Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, by Jacques Ibert
Zachary Evans, violin
Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21, by Édouard Lalo
Ryan Reilly, piano
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat, S. 124, by Franz Liszt
Anthony Bellino, trumpet
Proclamation, by Ernest Bloch
Leo Brown, violin
Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20
Jack Qian, violin
Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64, by Felix Mendelssohn
Eric Zhou, violin
The Butterfly Lovers, by Chen Gang and He Zhanhao
James Benoit, marimba
Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints, Op. 211, by Alan Hovhaness
Kathryn Andersen, violin
Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21, by Édouard Lalo
Ashley Bathgate, cello
Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129, by Robert Schumann
Ashley Bathgate, cello
Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33, by Camille Saint-Saëns
Benjamin Chan, violin
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61, by Ludwig van Beethoven
Felice Kuan, piano
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, by Edvard Grieg
Jonathan Chu, violin
Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 61, by Camille Saint-Saëns
Adrienne Chamberlain, French horn
Concerto #1 by Richard Strauss
Jennifer Chu, piano
Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25, by Felix Mendelssohn
Marisa Range, piano
Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22, by Camille Saint-Saëns
Nathan Lawrence, violin
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Clancy Newman, cello
Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104, by Antonín Dvořák
Emily Greitzer, violin
Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21, by Édouard Lalo
Meg Bragle, violin
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, by Samuel Barber
Michelle Fenton, bassoon
Concerto in B flat Major, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Stefon Harris, marimba
Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints, by Alan Hovhaness
Martha Pushee, piano
Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 19, by Ludwig van Beethoven
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
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