Piano Competition



The Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the

2020 Missouri Student Piano Competition!


The winner will have the opportunity to perform a major piano work with the Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra on its final concert of the 2019-2020 Season on April 20, 2020.


An honorarium of $500 will be awarded to the winner of the competition along with hotel and food expenses. The hotel and food expenses, paid by JCSO, shall not exceed three nights.


Each Missouri college, university or private teacher is permitted to submit candidates for the competition. Also eligible are residents of Missouri studying out-of-state.


Download the form, and the flyer.  Feel free to make additional copies as needed. 


The form and $30 entrant fee must be received by January 13, 2020. The check or money order should be made payable to the Jefferson City Symphony. The entrant fee is non-refundable if the student is later unable to audition.


Return form via mail or email to:

Mr. Gary Sanders
Chair, JCSO Piano Competition
Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra
810 Western Air
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Email: JCSOGary@gmail.com


Winner must attend the following dress rehearsals: April 19, 2020 at 2:00pm and April 20, 2019 at 7:00pm. The winner is highly encouraged to attend one rehearsal prior to dress rehearsals and mileage will be paid.


Auditions will be held Saturday, February 1, 2020 in Jefferson City, Missouri, at Mitchell (Richardson) Auditorium, on the Lincoln University campus.


This is the same venue for the winner’s performance with JCSO. Each candidate will be expected to play the complete concerto from memory – no arrangements outside of two-piano reductions are allowed.  A second piano will be available for the entrant’s accompanist to play the orchestral piano reduction.  A member of the JCSO Board of Directors will be one of the adjudicators. Please bring any additional available scores for use by the Jury – no photocopies are allowed.


The following concertos were performed during the last two JCSO concert seasons and will not be eligible for competition this year:

Schumann: “Piano Concerto in A Minor”

Grieg:  “Piano Concerto in A Minor”