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.


April Chung, 2018-2019 Gold Medalist performing at the Library at her gold medal performance

Previous winners include:


2018-2019 Season

Gold Medal:  April Chung   Violin Concerto in D Major   Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Silver Medal:  Jacqueline Liu  Viola Concerto William Walton

Bronze Medal:  Jacob Choi    Viola  Viola Concerto Bela Bartok

2017-2018 Season

Gold Medal:  Bryan Han Cello Concerto in B Minor  Anton Dvorak

Silver Medal:  Clara Kim Violin Concerto No. 1 Max Bruch

Bronze Medal:  Andrew Wong Violin Concerto No. 2 in G. Minor Sergei Prokofiev

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