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.

Vicki West, 2019 Competition Chair

May 30 – June 1, 2019

Application Submission:

All application materials should be submitted by 11:59pm CST on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 through Acceptd.
Application requirements include:

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

Preliminary Round Recording Submission:

Contestants must submit Preliminary Round audio recordings as indicated for each instrument under the preliminary round submission tab below.  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 concerto movements. These movements can be from the same piece or two different concerti. At least one movement should be selected from the list of approved concerti. If there are not movements within the concerto you select (i.e. Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme), please submit only this piece, or a portion of this piece along with a contrasting movement from a different concerto. Accompaniment preferred.

Announcement of Semi-Finalists:

Contestants will be notified of their status by March 11, 2019.

Semi-Finals (Thursday, May 30, 2019):

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 1, 2019):

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 repertoire list – one of the two 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 rehearsals with orchestra that take place on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, 2019.  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

Age and career path:

Contestants must be between the ages of 16 and 26 as of May 30, 2019. 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. Please feel free to email education.community@houstonsymphony.org if you have a question about your eligibility; we realize that there are some gray areas.

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.

  1. May 27-June 1, 2019 – Competition Week
  2. June 25-June 30, 2019 – Second Prize performance/rehearsals
  3. July 8 – July 11, 2019 – First Prize performance/rehearsals

Hazel French Robertson Education & Community Engagement Residency:

The contestant must be amenable, if selected as the first prize winner, to return during a mutually agreed upon 3-5 days within the 12 months following the 2019 Ima Hogg Competition to participate in an Education & Community Engagement Residency. After a planning session to agree on the type of work, which could include performances in schools (elementary, middle or high school), healthcare or community settings, content will be co-designed between the winner and the Houston Symphony’s Education & Community Engagement department to align with the goals and strategies for each program. Flexibility may be required to adapt to the performance spaces and equipment available. Professional development training and observations will take place during the residency to develop the winner’s skill-sets and experience in this work. Expenses for transportation (domestic flights only) and housing accommodations for this residency 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 27 and Sunday, June 2, 2019.

Repertoire:

The list of repertoire requirements for all rounds of this Competition (preliminary, semi-final and final) is included within the tab below. There are no exceptions to this list.
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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
Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 5
Paganini, Violin Concerto No. 1
Prokofiev, Violin Concerto No. 1
Saint-Saens, Violin Concerto No. 3
Sibelius, Violin Concert
Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto
Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2

VIOLA

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

CELLO

Barber, Cello Concerto
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
Walton, Cello Concerto

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
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
Koppel, Concerto No. 1 for Marimba & Orchestra
Kurka, Marimba Concerto
Rosauro, Conerto No. 1 for Marimba & Orchestra
Sèjourné, Concerto for Marimba (all 3 movements)
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
Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 2
Grieg, Piano Concerto
Liszt, Piano Concerto No. 2
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 9
Mozart, Piano Concerto No.13
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 20
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 21
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 23
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 26
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 27
Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 3
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2
Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Ravel, Piano Concerto in G major
Saint-Saens, Piano Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1

Preliminary Round Recordings Due:  Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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.
  • Do NOT include contestant’s name in the file name.
  • Include the required work for contestant’s instrument (listed below). Accompaniment is required.
  • Include two contrasting concerto movements. These movements can be from the same piece or two different concerti. At least one movement should be selected from the list of approved concerti. If there are not movements within the concerto you select (i.e. Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme), please submit only this piece, or a portion of this piece along with a contrasting movement from a different concerto. Accompaniment is preferred.

Violin

  • J.S. Bach: Sonatas 1, 2 or 3
    Movements 1 and 2
  • Two contrasting concerto movements. These movements can be from the same piece or two different concerti. At least one movement should be selected from the list of approved concerti. (Accompaniment preferred)

Viola

  • Hindemith: Viola Sonata, Op. 25 No. 1
  • Two contrasting concerto movements. These movements can be from the same piece or two different concerti. At least one movement should be selected from the list of approved concerti. (Accompaniment preferred)

Cello

  • J.S. Bach: Any Cello Suite (Complete)
  • Two contrasting concerto movements. These movements can be from the same piece or two different concerti. At least one movement should be selected from the list of approved concerti. (Accompaniment preferred)

Double Bass

  • J.S. Bach: Any Cello Suite
    Any two movements (on bass)
  • Two contrasting concerto movements. These movements can be from the same piece or two different concerti. At least one movement should be selected from the list of approved concerti. (Accompaniment preferred)

Flute

  • Mozart: Any Flute Concerto (Complete – accompaniment required)
  • Two contrasting concerto movements. These movements can be from the same piece or two different concerti. At least one movement should be selected from the list of approved concerti. (Accompaniment preferred)

Oboe

  • J.S. Bach: Sonata in G minor, BWV 1030 D (accompaniment required)
  • Two contrasting concerto movements. These movements can be from the same piece or two different concerti. At least one movement should be selected from the list of approved concerti. (Accompaniment preferred)

Clarinet

  • Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas No. 1  or 2 (accompaniment required)
  • Two contrasting concerto movements. These movements can be from the same piece or two different concerti. At least one movement should be selected from the list of approved concerti. (Accompaniment preferred)

Bassoon

  • Saint-Saens: Bassoon Sonata (Complete – accompaniment required)
  • Two contrasting concerto movements. These movements can be from the same piece or two different concerti. At least one movement should be selected from the list of approved concerti. (Accompaniment preferred)

Horn

  • Schumann: Adagio and Allegro (accompaniment required)
  • Two contrasting concerto movements. These movements can be from the same piece or two different concerti. At least one movement should be selected from the list of approved concerti. (Accompaniment preferred)

Trumpet

  • Any etude by Paudert, Charlier or Duhem
  • Two contrasting concerto movements. These movements can be from the same piece or two different concerti. At least one movement should be selected from the list of approved concerti. (Accompaniment preferred)

Trombone

  • Lars-Erik Larsson: Trombone Concertino(Complete – accompaniment required)
  • Two contrasting concerto movements. These movements can be from the same piece or two different concerti. At least one movement should be selected from the list of approved concerti. (Accompaniment preferred)

Tuba

  • Persichetti: Serenade No. 12 for Solo Tuba (Complete)
  • Two contrasting concerto movements. These movements can be from the same piece or two different concerti. At least one movement should be selected from the list of approved concerti. (Accompaniment preferred)

Harp

  • Carlos Sauzedo: Variations on a Theme in Ancient Style (complete)
  • Two contrasting concerto movements. These movements can be from the same piece or two different concerti. At least one movement should be selected from the list of approved concerti. (Accompaniment preferred)

Marimba

  • J.S. Bach – any two movements
  • Two contrasting concerto movements. These movements can be from the same piece or two different concerti. At least one movement should be selected from the list of approved concerti. (Accompaniment preferred)

Piano

  • Beethoven: Any Piano Sonata (complete)
  • Two contrasting concerto movements. These movements can be from the same piece or two different concerti. At least one movement should be selected from the list of approved concerti. 

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

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

-FIRST PRIZE-
THE GRACE WOODSON MEMORIAL AWARD

Presented by John Neighbors
$25,000
Solo performance with the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall on Wednesday, July 10, 2019

-SECOND PRIZE-
THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY LEAGUE AWARD

Given in recognition of Jerry Priest, founding Chair of the Competition and in honor of the Houston Symphony League
$10,000
Solo performance with the Houston Symphony at Miller Outdoor Theatre in June of 2019.

-THIRD PRIZE-
THE SELMA NEUMANN MEMORIAL AWARD

Presented by the Houston Symphony League Bay Area in memory of Selma Neumann, Founding President of the Houston Symphony League Bay Area
$5,000

-FOURTH PRIZE-
THE JEAN WHITBREAD KUCERA AWARD

Given by Lilly and Thurmon Andress in loving memory of Lilly’s mother, Jean Whitbread Kucera
$2,500

-ARTISTIC ENCOURAGEMENT-
THE ROBERT AND NANCY PEISER AWARD FOR ARTISTIC ENCOURAGEMENT

Given by the Houston Symphony Board’s Immediate Past President and his wife to provide encouragement to one of the finalists – and selected by the musicians of the Houston Symphony
$1,000

-AUDIENCE CHOICE-
THE HERMAN SHOSS AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

Given by Diane and Harry Gendel in loving memory of her father, Herman Shoss, a former violinist in the Houston Symphony
$1,000

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:

Molly Simpson, Director of Individual Giving and Major Gifts
molly.simpson@houstonsymphony.org
713-337-8526

 

2018 Ima Hogg Competition Winners:

  • 1st Prize: Ji Su Jung, marimba
  • 2nd Prize: Hyun Jae Lim, violin
  • 3rd Prize: Alexander Hersch, cello
  • 4th Prize: Michael Ferri, violin
  • Audience Choice Award: Ji Su Jung, marimba
  • Artistic Encouragement Award: Alexander Hersch, cello

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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