The Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition is one of the foremost multi-instrument competitions in the world. Named to honor the memory of Miss Ima Hogg, a co-founder of the Houston Symphony, this prestigious competition is designed to identify outstanding young instrumentalists and support their pursuit of careers in music. Ten contestants will be selected to perform in the Semi-finals. Four finalists will advance to perform with the Houston Symphony to determine the winner of The Grace Woodson Memorial First Prize and a $25,000 award. This national competition is open to young musicians, ages 16-26 who play standard orchestral instruments and piano.

Barbara McCelvey, 2018 Competition Chair

Applications accepted now through Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Age and career path:

Contestants must be between the ages of 16 and 26 as of May 31, 2018. Contestants must be current or recent (within two (2) years of graduating) undergraduate or graduate music students intending to pursue a musical career. Those holding orchestra positions are ineligible to participate. Former first or second place winners are ineligible to participate.

Citizenship:

The Ima Hogg Competition is open to citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States or to foreign students currently enrolled in a U.S. college, university or conservatory. Non-U.S. residents must provide the necessary travel documentation if selected as a semi-finalist.

Instrument Eligibility:

The Ima Hogg Competition is open to the following orchestral instruments: piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, harp and marimba.

Availability:

In addition to availability during the competition week, contestants must be available to be present in Houston on ALL of the dates below, should they need to fulfill duties of the first or second place winners. Failure to appear for these appearances will affect the total prize, including but not limited to forfeiting the cash prize.

  • May 28-June 2, 2018 – Competition Week
  • June 26-June 30, 2018 – Second Prize performance/rehearsals
  • July 9-14, 2018 OR July 16-21, 2018– First Prize performance/rehearsals (exact dates TBD by January)

Hazel French Robertson Education & Community Engagement Residency:

The contestant must be amenable, if selected as the first-place winner, to return during a mutually agreed upon 3-5 days within the 12 months following the 2018 Ima Hogg Competition for an Education and Community Engagement Residency. During this residency, the contestant will receive professional development training for work in this field in preparation for providing educational clinics and/or performances that are strategically designated to benefit Houston’s community. This residency also includes a performance for Ima Hogg Competition sponsors. Expenses for transportation (domestic flights only) and housing accommodations for this opportunity will be covered by the Houston Symphony.

Donor Recitals:

As part of the first-place commitment, the contestant must be amenable, if selected as the first-place winner, to engage with and perform two donor recitals for top-tier Ima Hogg Competition supporters. The first recital will take place within 2-3 days of the Houston Symphony performance they will return for in July. The second performance will take place during the Hazel French Robertson Education & Community Engagement Residency.

Competition Fees:

Applicants must submit the $100.00 application fee to participate in the Preliminary round. If accepted as a Semi-finalist, the Houston Symphony will provide both airfare and housing accommodations. Travel arrangements (round-trip domestic flights or mileage up to $500.00) and host family accommodations will be provided between Monday, May 28 and Sunday, June 3, 2018.

Repertoire:

The list of repertoire requirements for all rounds of this Competition (preliminary, semi-final and final) is included within this application. There are no exceptions to this list.
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For competition questions, please contact:
education.community@houstonsymphony.org

Application Submission:

All application materials should be submitted by 11:59PM on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 through Acceptd.
Application requirements include:

  1. Preliminary round recordings
  2. Questionnaire
  3. Biography (200 word-count)
  4. Headshot
  5. Letter of recommendation
  6. Acknowledgement of terms/eligibility
  7. $100 Application fee

Preliminary Round Recording Submission:

Contestants must submit Preliminary Round audio recordings consisting of the required work for each instrument, plus two contrasting movements selected from the list of approved concerti.  Repertoire title, movement (if separate) and composer should be clearly labeled on the title of the recording.  Please eliminate your name from the recording title. A field of approximately ten semi-finalists will be chosen from the preliminary round.
Recordings submitted should include:

  • The required work for contestant’s instrument; accompaniment is required if scored.
  • Two contrasting movements from the list of approved concerti; accompaniment is recommended.
    These can be from two different concerti. If the concerto of choice is continuous, please submit only this piece or a portion of this piece along with a contrasting movement from another work.

Announcement of Semi-Finalists:

Contestants will be notified of their status by March 9, 2018.

Semi-Finals (Thursday, May 31, 2018):

Semi-Finalists must be prepared to perform two concerti, selected from the list of approved repertoire.  Concerti must be performed from memory. The judging panel will ask for portions of the two concerti they wish to hear during the semi-finals round.  Each semi-finalist is allotted up to 28 minutes.

Finals (Saturday, June 2, 2018):

The Finals round will be performed with the Houston Symphony.  A field of no more than four finalists will be selected from the Semi-finals.  Finalists will perform a complete concerto from the list of approved concerti. This must be one of the concerti performed during the semi-finals. Concerto must be performed from memory.  Following the announcement of the finalists on Thursday afternoon, these 4 contestants will be provided with a detailed schedule, which will include a meeting on Thursday evening with the finals concert conductor, as well as orchestra rehearsals that will take place on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2, 2018.  Contestants must adhere strictly to this schedule and must be on time to all obligations. Results will be announced at the conclusion of the Finals Round.

Judges:

A distinguished panel of judges, representing leaders in musical fields, will judge the Semi-Final and Final rounds of the Competition. Houston Symphony artistic personnel will judge the Preliminary round.

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For competition questions, please contact:
education.community@houstonsymphony.org

Preliminary Round Recordings Due:  Sunday, January 10, 2018

All application materials should be submitted through Acceptd. Contestants must submit Preliminary Round audio recordings consisting of the required work for each instrument (below), in addition to two contrasting movements from the list of Approved Concerti.  A field of approximately ten semi-finalists will be chosen from the preliminary round.

Preliminary recordings submitted should:

  • Be clearly labeled with the repertoire title, movement (if separate) and composer as the file name of the recording.
  • NOT include contestants name in the file name.
  • Include the required work for contestant’s instrument (listed below); piano accompaniment is required if scored.
  • Include two contrasting movements from the list of Approved Concerti which can be found in the next dropdown section. Piano accompaniment is preferred. These movements can be from one piece or from two different concerti. If there are not movements within the concerto you select, please submit only this piece or a portion of this piece along with a contrasting movement from another concerto.

Violin

  • J.S. Bach: Sonatas 1, 2 or 3
    Movements 1 and 2
  • Two contrasting movements from list of approved concerti (accompaniment preferred)

Viola

  • Hindemith: Viola Sonata, Op. 25 No. 1
  • Two contrasting movements from list of approved concerti (accompaniment preferred)

Cello

  • J.S. Bach: Any Cello Suite (Complete)
  • Two contrasting movements from list of approved concerti (accompaniment preferred)

Double Bass

  • J.S. Bach: Any Cello Suite
    Any two movements (on bass)
  • Two contrasting movements from list of approved concerti (accompaniment preferred)

Flute

  • Mozart: Any Flute Concerto (Complete – accompaniment required)
  • Two contrasting movements from list of approved concerti (accompaniment preferred)

Oboe

  • J.S. Bach: Sonata in G minor, BWV 1030 D (accompaniment required)
  • Two contrasting movements from list of approved concerti (accompaniment preferred)

Clarinet

  • Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas No. 1 & 2 (accompaniment required)
    No. 1 – Mvt 1: beginning to recap.
    Mvt 2: in entirety
    No. 2 – Mvt 1: beginning to recap.
    Mvt 3: beginning through graziosa var.
  • Two contrasting movements from list of approved concerti (accompaniment preferred)

Bassoon

  • Saint-Saens: Bassoon Sonata (Complete – accompaniment required)
  • Two contrasting movements from list of approved concerti (accompaniment preferred)

Horn

  • Schumann: Adagio and Allegro (accompaniment required)
  • Two contrasting movements from list of approved concerti (accompaniment preferred)

Trumpet

  • Any etude by Paudert, Charlier or Duhem
  • Two contrasting movements from list of approved concerti (accompaniment preferred)

Trombone

  • Lars-Erik Larsson: Trombone Concertino(Complete – accompaniment required)
  • Two contrasting movements from list of approved concerti (accompaniment preferred)

Tuba

  • Persichetti: Serenade No. 12 for Solo Tuba (Complete)
  • Two contrasting movements from list of approved concerti (accompaniment preferred)

Harp

  • Carlos Sauzedo: Variations on a Theme in Ancient Style (complete)
  • Two contrasting movements from list of approved concerti (accompaniment preferred)

Marimba

  • J.S. Bach – any two movements
  • Two contrasting movements from list of approved concerti (accompaniment preferred)

Piano

  • Beethoven: Any Piano Sonata (complete)
  • Two contrasting movements from list of approved concerti

List of Approved Concerti can be found in the dropdown section below.

For competition questions, please contact:
education.community@houstonsymphony.org

Each Semi-Finalist will be allotted 28 minutes to perform portions of two concerti during the Semi-Finals. If selected for the Finals, one of the two concerti will be performed with the Houston Symphony. All performances must be from memory.
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VIOLIN

Barber, Violin Concerto
Bruch, Scottish Fantasy
Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E minor
Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 3
Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 4
Paganini, Violin Concerto No. 1
Prokofiev, Violin Concerto No. 1
Saint-Saens, Violin Concerto No. 3
Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2

VIOLA

Bartok, Viola Concerto
Hoffmeister, Viola Concerto
Stamitz, Viola Concerto No. 1
Walton, Viola Concerto

CELLO

Bloch, Schelomo
Elgar, Cello Concerto
Haydn, Cello Concerto in C major
Haydn, Cello Concerto in D major
Lalo, Cello Concerto
Saint-Saens, Cello Concerto No. 1
Schumann, Cello Concerto
Shostakovich, Cello Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky, Variations on a rococo theme

DOUBLE BASS

Bottesini, Contrabass Concerto No. 1
Bottesini, Contrabass Concerto No. 2
Dittersdorf, Double Bass Concerto No. 2, Kr. 172
Dragonetti, Contrabass Concerto
Hoffmeister, Double Bass Concerto No. 1 in D
Koussevitzky, Contrabass Concerto
Nino Rota, Divertimento Concertante for double bass and orchestra
Vanhal, Contrabass Concerto

FLUTE

C.P.E. Bach, Flute Concerto in D minor
Ibert, Flute Concerto
Liebermann, Flute Concerto
Mozart, Flute Concerto No. 1
Mozart, Flute Concerto No. 2
Nielsen, Flute Concerto
Reinecke, Flute Concerto

OBOE

Haydn, Oboe Concerto
Mozart, Oboe Concerto
R. Strauss, Oboe Concerto
Vaughan Williams, Oboe Concerto

CLARINET

Copland, Clarinet Concerto
Debussy, Premiere rhapsodie and Rossini, Clarinet
Variations (considered as one concerto)
Mozart, Clarinet Concerto
Nielsen, Clarinet Concerto
Weber, Clarinet Concerto No. 2

BASSOON

Francaix, Bassoon Concerto
Jolivet, Bassoon Concerto
Mozart, Bassoon Concerto
Weber, Bassoon Concerto

HORN

Gliere, Horn Concerto
Haydn, Horn Concerto No. 1
Mozart, Horn Concerto No. 2
Mozart, Horn Concerto No. 4
R. Strauss, Horn Concerto No. 1
Rosetti, Horn Concerto in D minor

TRUMPET

Arutunian, Trumpet Concerto
Haydn, Trumpet Concerto
Hummel, Trumpet Concerto
Telemann, Trumpet Concerto in D major
Tomasi, Trumpet Concerto

TROMBONE

Creston, Fantasy
David, Trombone Concertino
Jacob, Trombone Concerto
Tomasi, Trombone Concerto

TUBA

John Williams, Tuba Concerto
Vaughan Williams, Bass Tuba Concerto

MARIMBA

Creston, Concertino for Marimba
Hohvaness, Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints
Klatzow, Marimba Concerto
Koppel, Concerto No. 1 for Marimba & Orchestra
Kurka, Marimba Concerto
Rosauro, Conerto No. 1 for Marimba & Orchestra
Sèjourné, Concerto for Marimba
Torke, Marimba Concerto No. 1 “Mojave”
Zivkovic: Concerto No.2 for Marimba

HARP

Ginastera, Harp Concerto
Gliere, Harp Concerto
Reinecke, Harp Concerto

PIANO

Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 2
Grieg, Piano Concerto
Liszt, Piano Concerto No. 2
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 20
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 21
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 23
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 26
Mozart, Piano Concerto No.13
Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 3
Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Ravel, Piano Concerto in G major
Saint-Saens, Piano Concerto No. 2

Sponsors

Last year, over 250 donors contributed more than $360,000 to the 2017 Ima Hogg Competition, making it our most successful competition fundraising effort to date. All donors of $1,000 or more are recognized as members of the IMA105 group to honor the 105 years since Miss Ima founded the Houston Symphony.

For more information on making a contribution to the Competition, please contact:

Liam Bonner, Manager, Annual Giving Groups
liam.bonner@houstonsymphony.org
713-337-8536

 

2017 Ima Hogg Competition Winners:

  • 1st Prize/Gold Medal: Joseph Morris, clarinet 
  • 2nd Prize/Silver Medal: Rainer Crosett, cello
  • 3rd Prize/Bronze Medal: I-Jung Huang, violin
  • 4th Prize: Alan Woo, piano
  • Audience Choice Award: Alan Woo, piano
  • Artistic Encouragement Award: Rainer Crosett, cello

2016 Ima Hogg Competition Winners:

  • 1st Prize/Gold Medal: Luke Hsu, violin 
  • 2nd Prize/Silver Medal: Christine J. Lee, cello
  • 3rd Prize/Bronze Medal: Brian Lin, piano
  • 4th Prize: Samuel Chan, marimba
  • Audience Choice Award: Luke Hsu, violin
  • Artistic Encouragement Award: Luke Hsu, violin

2015 Ima Hogg Competition Winners:

  • 1st Prize/Gold Medal: Esther Liao, piano
  • 2nd Prize/Silver Medal: Bixby Kennedy, clarinet
  • 3rd Prize/Bronze Medal: Seth Morris, flute
  • 4th Prize: Hui Shan Chin, piano
  • Audience Choice Award: Esther Liao, piano
  • Artistic Encouragement Award: Hui Shan Chin, piano

2014 Ima Hogg Competition Winners:

  • 1st Prize/Gold Medal: Lin Ma, clarinet
  • 2nd Prize/Silver Medal: Yekwon Sunwoo, piano
  • 3rd Prize/Bronze Medal: Maria Chlebus, marimba
  • 4th Prize: Fedor Amosov, cello
  • Audience Choice Award: Fedor Amosov
  • Artistic Encouragement Award: Fedor Amosov

2013 Ima Hogg Competition Winners:

  • 1st Prize/Gold Medal: Moran Katz, clarinet
  • 2nd Prize/Silver Medal: Vladimir Khomyakov, piano
  • 3rd Prize/Bronze Medal: Min Jung Kim, piano
  • 4th Prize: Elizabeth Fayette, violin
  • Audience Choice Award: Moran Katz
  • Artistic Encouragement Award: Moran Katz

2012 Ima Hogg Competition Winners:

  • 1st Prize/Gold Medal: Megan (Levin) Conley, harp
  • 2nd Prize/Silver Medal: Wei Chen Lin, marimba
  • 3rd Prize/Bronze Medal: Laura Park, violin
  • 4th Prize: Andrew Staupe, piano
  • Audience Choice Award: Andrew Staupe

2011 Ima Hogg Competition Winners:

  • 1st Prize/Gold Medal: Brook Speltz, cello
  • 2nd Prize/Silver Medal: Esther Park, piano
  • 3rd Prize/Bronze Medal: Siwoo Kim, violin
  • 4th Prize: Geraldine Ong, piano
  • Audience Choice Award: Geraldine Ong

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