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David L. Pierson Concerto Competition
David L. Pierson Young Musicians Concerto Competition

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Sinclair College

The purpose of this competition is to identify outstanding talented young musicians in the Dayton metropolitan and surrounding areas, to encourage young musicians to pursue further study, and to stimulate competition among student musicians.


  • Contestants must be in grades 10–12 during the 2019–2020 school year.
  • Contestants must be a member of their high school’s band or orchestra.
    • Exceptions are made for piano and homeschooled students.
  • First place David L. Pierson Concerto Competition winners may not enter again.
  • Contestants may audition on any orchestra instruments.
  • Contestants must be legal residents of the state of Ohio.
    • Exceptions are made for contestants who are members of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestras or students of Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra musicians.

Audition Process:

  • All auditions will take place the morning of Saturday, May 18, 2019 with the final judging beginning around 12:00 noon. The judges will not hear any auditions prior to or after this date. No exceptions will be made.
  • Each contestant will be notified of the exact time of his/her audition about five days before May 18, 2019.
  • Neal Gittleman, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, will judge the finalists immediately following the preliminaries.
  • The repertoire selection should be between 3 and 8 minutes in length. Contestants may make cuts if their selection is longer than 8 minutes.
  • Contestants should bring an original copy of their musical selection with measure numbers marked. Photocopies are illegal and not permitted.


  • The winner of this competition receives a $500 cash award and is the featured soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at a Young People’s Concert during the 2018–2019 season. Second- and third-place finalists receive a cash award.

More Information:

  • Applications must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2019.
  • For more information about repertoire selections, audition times, etc., please download the 2019 Application Form and read the information carefully. If you have any other questions, please contact Ruth Reveal, Director of Education, [email protected].
    • High School Vocal Competition

The Opera Guild of Dayton is planning the 2019 High School Vocal Competition and will be accepting applications soon. This is always an exciting annual event featuring vocal talent and providing monetary awards for the best performances.

Criteria for the Competition are:

  • Performance of two memorized selections. Selections may come from operatic, art song or musical theater literature. Please contact the chair, Dr. David Sievers, at [email protected]for any questions regarding repertoire.
  • Performance time not to exceed ten minutes
  • Fully completed application

Students in the 11th or 12th grades in Ohio are invited to apply.

2019 Competition date: March 23, 2019

Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center, University of Dayton

Click here for a link to the campus map.

Applicants will be notified by mail or email of audition times, no later than
Wednesday before the competition.


First Place………………………………………………… $600
Second Place…………………………………………… $450
Third Place……………………………………………….. $300

Additional Information

  • Applications may be accessed by clicking here.
  • Judges represent the vocal music field, including professional
    singers, conductors, high school and college teachers and private voice teachers.
  • Competitors are encouraged to provide their own accompanist. If music is
    submitted a week in advance, an accompanist will be provided at no expense to entrant.
  • Indicate any time conflict that should be considered when scheduling your audition time.
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled audition time.
  • Warm-up rooms will be available for limited use before auditions.
  • Winners are expected to perform at the Tri-State College Vocal Competition on April 7, 2019.

If you have questions or seek further information, please visit the Opera Guild of Dayton website or contact:

Dr. David Sievers
[email protected]
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-0290
Telephone: 937/229-4971

Tri-State College Vocal Competition