The Chebucto Symphony Orchestra concerto competition is open to instrumentalists and vocalists who reside within Nova Scotia or are currently attending a recognized post secondary music program.

There is no age limit for applicants. 

All applications must be received before July 31st, 2024

Application fee is $20.00 (non-refundable)

The winner of the competition will be invited to perform a complete concerto with the Chebucto Symphony Orchestra during our 2023/2024 season.

Direct inquiries can be emailed to


Audition Requirement(s):

1. A recorded performance of one complete movement of the concerto you wish to perform (you are welcome to submit more than one movement provided it is contained in 1 uninterrupted video).*

* Piano accompaniment is encouraged but not mandatory, and given the COVID 19 pandemic will not offer a competitive advantage this year.

Digital Audition Process 

We’ll be implementing a digital audition process. We accept only video recorded auditions for the 2019 concerto competition.

Instructions on making the audition video 

•Piano accompaniment is encouraged but not mandatory.

•NO EDITING IS ALLOWED. Please record your audition as one uninterrupted video and that the camera runs no matter how long the pause.

•Turn off your phone while recording. There is no need to stop for general background noise, such as a door bell, unless it is so loud that it will affect the sound quality of the piece you are playing.

Tips for making a better video for your audition 

Equipment : Try to use a digital video camera. If your camera uses video tape, it may be a challenge to upload the content to YouTube because you will have to first import the content to your computer. If you have a choice, use a video camera instead of a digital camera that has video function (a high end video camera is not necessary). There are many choices for approx. $200. Ask your friends and family or music teachers and school if they have a camera you can borrow. Most universities and high schools have video equipment which you can borrow for free or rent for a very low cost. Adjust the video camera to show your whole body and instrument from an angle so that we can see how you play. Ensure your music stand is not blocking the view.

Instructions on YouTube Upload: 

•Sign up for a YouTube account or sign in to your existing account.

•If your audition video is longer than 15 minutes, you may have to extend the YouTube upload limit by clicking on the link “Upload HD videos in various formats up to 15 minutes. Increase your limit”. It is located on the YouTube upload screen.

•Follow the instructions on YouTube to start uploading your video.

After uploading your video, make sure you do all the following 2 steps:

•Change the “Privacy Settings” to Unlisted – Do NOT set it to Private or Public.

•Test your video to make sure it works before sending us the link. Copy/Paste the URL for your audition video into the online application form and click submit.

Anyone experiencing issues with YouTube URL’s can contact us directly at 

The URL of your audition video must be received before July 31st, 2024 in order to be eligible.

Please note : By participating and uploading a competition video, you are giving consent to have your videos viewed by the competition judges or anyone deemed applicable by the Chebucto Orchestra Society of Nova Scotia.

Personal Data & Consent 

The concerto competition is held online through the use of YouTube. Personal information collected from competitors will be used in accordance with the YouTube Privacy Policy, it is available at and in addition as otherwise set out in these rules for the purpose of administering this competition. Each competitor expressly agrees to the use of his or her personal information for such purposes. The following information will be collected from each competitor for the purpose of administering the competition: YouTube Username, Video ID, and date/time of entry. The Chebucto Orchestra Society of Nova Scotia will not sell, share or otherwise disclose information collected in any manner with third parties, other than those parties necessary to fulfill the above purposes, unless the competitor has given his or her prior express consent to receive additional information from a third party.

The winner will be announced on our website and contacted directly.