Competitions

Young Composers Commission Award
The Rivers School Conservatory invites high school-aged composers to compete for a chance to create a commissioned 6-8 minute work for four-hand piano to be performed at The Rivers School Conservatory Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young in April of 2021. The winning composer will earn a commission fee of $1,000 and have the chance to collaborate with impressive young musicians and faculty including internationally-acclaimed composer, Dr. Stephen Halloran.
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Rivers Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition
Open to students enrolled in the Rivers Youth Symphony program only. Two winners will be chosen to perform with the Youth Symphony (full orchestra accompaniment) or Philharmonia (string orchestra accompaniment only). Students are required to play one movement of a concerto of their choice from memory. All contestants must have their concerto approved by RYO conductor Christopher Memoli before entering the competition.
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The Rivers Symphony Concerto Competition
Open to all students taking private lessons at The Rivers School Conservatory. Students are required to play one movement of a concerto of their choice from memory. All contestants must have their concerto approved by the RSO conductor before entering the competition. Up to two winners will be selected each year.
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The A. Ramon Rivera Piano Competition
The A. Ramon Rivera Piano Competition was founded in 1990 to honor Mr. Rivera as an extraordinary and inspirational teacher. The competition reflects his uncompromisingly high standards for artistry in music and beauty of sound and is intended to encourage young pianists to continue their search for excellence.
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