Student Competitions

Longy students in all programs are encouraged to participate in conservatory-wide competitions. Competition winners are showcased in high-profile performances highlighting musical excellence at Longy.

Concerto Competition

The Longy Conservatory Orchestra holds an annual Concerto Competition in the spring semester. The competition is open to all Longy students, including both instrumentalists and vocal or opera students. Concerto competition winners will perform with the LCO during the following academic year.

Recent Winners: Concerto Competition


Milos Bjelica, clarinet
Mozart: Clarinet concerto in A major, K. 622

Jonathan Shin, piano
Beethoven: "Emperor" Concerto No. 5 in E flat, Op. 73


You Kyung Kim, cello
Elgar: Cello concerto Op. 85


Juan Diego Ardila Blandón, clarinet


Egor Antonenko, cello
Dvořák: Concerto for cello and orchestra in B minor

Thomas J. Wible, flute
Griffes: Poem


Iván Valbuena Paez, clarinet
Copland: Concerto for clarinet and orchestra

Vince Nico A. Ocampo, bassoon
Rossini: Concerto for bassoon and orchestra

Honors Competition

The Honors Competition gives students the opportunity to showcase their work on solo and chamber music. Winners have performed a wide variety of works, including pieces from the standard repertoire, early music, jazz, and new music by Longy composers. Entrants are nominated by a faculty member, and the winners are featured in the Honors Concert, held at the end of the year in Pickman Hall.

Recent Winners: Honors Competition


Kalden Alexander
Milos Bjelica
Juan Camilo Gonzalez
Yini Hao
Josephina Kim
Paulius Pancekauskas
Liubomyr Senyshyn


Danilo Bonina
Yijuan Geng
Christopher Grills 
Chenshayang Huang
You Kyung Kim
Chang Liu
Hannah Meloy
Ketti Muschler
John Ott
Rebecca Phillips


Egor Antonenko 
Diana Borshcheva 
Yi-Li Chang 
Stacey Chou 
Cornelius James David 
Michael Gold 
Mio Hatanaka 
Maria Mandico 
Sirgourney Tanner 

Yi-Li Chang performs Telemann


Kaleigh Acord
Yoon Chung
Mari Juntunen
Mina Kim
Miri Kudo
Emily Lane
Chang Liu
Luz Elena Sarmiento Lozada
Vince Nico A. Ocampo
Iván Javier Valbuena Páez
Rebecca Phillips
Di Wu


Alyssa Marie Koogler
Elizabeth Ann Chladil
Paul K. Sayed
Michael Meehan
Matthew R. Fontana
Yo Shionoya
Eriko Takagaki
Kyle Johnson
Valerie L. Osborn

Longy Conservatory Orchestra Composition Competition

The Longy Conservatory Orchestra Composition Competition encourages composition students to write a work for the demanding medium of a large orchestra. Selected by the music director of the LCO and composition faculty, winning works are performed by the LCO in one of their regular season concerts. In addition to the competition, all students receive the opportunity to have their work read by the LCO in a series of workshop sessions devoted to new music for orchestra.

Recent Winners: LCO Composition Competition

Jonathan Shin: Héloïse and Abelard

Tianyi Wang: Under The Dome

Xue Han 

Laura Marie Staffaroni: Anxiety

Melika M. Fitzhugh: Clever Sinks


Pappalardo Composition Competition

Created by Radius Ensemble, Longy's Ensemble-in-residence, and made possible by Jane and Neil Pappalardo, the Pappalardo Composition Competition gives students the opportunity to have a chamber work premiered by professional musicians at the top of their field. Four finalists are selected by Longy's composition faculty and each receive a reading and recording session with Radius. The ensemble then selects a winner, whose work is premiered on a Radius subscription series concert in Pickman Hall.

Recent Winners: Pappalardo Composition Competition


Max Kliegle, Chatter for oboe, bassoon, violin, viola and piano


Larry Rubin, It’s So Wonderful for quartet for flute and strings 


Jordan Chase, Quintalogue for woodwind quintet


Xue Han, Portrait of Dew for piano trio


Jared Hettrick, Disputatio Magna for horn, cello and piano


Daniela Dematos, Woodwind Trio No. 2