Contest Rules

  • Applicants must be residents of Oklahoma and students in the required grade level. Contestants will be informed by e-mail when applications are received.
  • All soloists must have music memorized. Judges will not allow students to perform using their music.
  • Entrants play two compositions of contrasting style and tempo.
  • Each contestant must supply an accompanist, if needed, and assume the expenses.  The accompanist’s name, address, e-mail and telephone number MUST appear on the application. Co-Chairs of the competition must be notified of any changes in accompanist or music prior to the competition date. Changes may be made at the discretion of the Co-Chairs of the competitions.
  • Accompanists should eliminate all long piano passages. 
  • During the competitions, NO video, photography or recording are allowed.
  • Jurors will select winners in each division. Jurors have the option to declare no winner in any competition or competition division.
  • Contestants may need to return later in the competition for a play-off to determine an overall winner.
  • All competition winners must provide a Social Security or Tax ID number immediately upon being announced as a winner.
  • Additional performance requirements are noted for each competition. All specified winners under each competition are required to perform in the Winners' Concert; at that time only, they will receive their monetary awards.
  • Performing a concerto, or instrumental work that has an orchestral score and parts available, at the Winners' Concert is a prerequisite to being considered for performance with the OKC Philharmonic at the Side by Side Concert. PLEASE NOTE:  THERE WILL BE NO SIDE BY SIDE CONCERT IN 2018
  • Overall Winners, Meinders First Place Winner, Gilliam First Place Winner, and Haire First Place Winner cannot enter future competitions in the same division.

The Oklahoma City Orchestra League is a nonprofit organization and is required to comply with federal law regarding earnings reporting.  All competition winners must provide a Social Security or Tax ID number via IRS form W-9, available at, to receive cash prizes.