Roger & Ella Jo Adams Concerto Competition

Each year, the Allen Philharmonic hosts the Roger & Ella Jo Adams Concerto Competition. Concerto competitions are important to the development of students who may want to make the performing arts their life’s work.  Ella Jo Adams’ belief that “volunteering in your community and contributing your time and talents is an investment that you make and a legacy that you leave for the benefit of those younger citizens who come after you,” became the blueprint for this competition.  It is a wonderful way to honor the memory of her late husband Roger, an avid supporter of the arts and the Allen Philharmonic.

Any high school age student from Collin County involved in their respective Performing Arts programs of Orchestra and Band, who is in good standing academically, who is not enrolled as a full time student in college, university or conservatory, who plays a standard orchestral instrument excluding piano and voice, is eligible to compete. Students who have earned chair positions in the string section of the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra are eligible to compete.  Gold Medalist will be invited to perform as a special guest of the Allen Philharmonic at a concert selected by our Conductor/Music Director. All works must be accompanied and applicants must furnish their own accompanist and, if desired, a page-turner.

 

Prizes for this competition are:

Gold Medal    $1,000 and performance with the Allen Philharmonic

Silver Medal     $500 and performance at a Friends of Note Event

Bronze Medal   $250

 

Previous winners include:

2014-2015 Season:

Gold:   Belle Ra

March 7, 2015

Cello Concerto in B minor

Antonin Dvorak

Silver:  Samuel Choi

March 7, 2015

Violin Concerto in E minor

Felix Mendelssohn

Bronze:   Anthony Tang

March 7, 2015

Zigeunerweisen, Violino principale

Pablo de Sarasate

 

2012-2013 Season:

No Competition Held

2011-2012 Season:

Marlea Simpson, Gold Medalist, vonWeber’s Andante e Rondo ungarese

Alden Zuck, Silver Medalist, von Weber’s Concertino for Clarinet, Op.26

Eric Langston, Bronze Medalist, Ferdinand David’s Concertino, Op.4

2010-2011 Season:

Helen Xiong, Gold Medalist, vonWeber’s Concerto No. 2 for Clarinet

Marlea Simpson, Silver Medalist, Hummel’s Fantasie for Viola and Orchestra

Alden P. Zuck, Bronze Medalist, vonWeber’s Concerto No. 1 for Clarinet

 

2009-2010 Season:

Jeremy Tsui, Gold Medalist, Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major

David Thomas, Silver Medalist, Kabelevsky’s Violin Concerto in C Major

 

2008-2009 Season:

Jessica Fisher, Gold Medalist, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor             Jeremy Tsui, Silver Medalist, Lalo’s Cello Concerto,

Jaeyoon Kim, Bronze Medalist,  Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole.

Application for Competition

Repertoire for Suggestions for Competition