2017 General Competition Rules & Information


Participants may only enter one division. Previous finalists may not compete in the same division. Please determine the appropriate division according to your age as of May 5, 2017.

Elementary Division: 11 and Under
Junior Division: 15 and Under
Senior Division: 20 and Under

Repertoire and Time Limits

Contestants are to select one movement of a concerto from the provided repertoire list. The length of the concerto should be no longer than 12 minutes for the Junior Division and no longer than 15 minutes for the Senior Division. Any concerto is acceptable for the Elementary Division.

Elementary Division: 10 Minutes
Junior Division: 12 Minutes
Senior Division: 15 Minutes

Collaborative Pianist

Contestants must provide their own collaborative pianist.

Music Scores

Each participant is required to provide one original copy of the concerto for the adjudication panel.

Deadlines & Application Fee

Applicants must submit a non-refundable fee payable to the Emilio del Rosario Music Foundation:

  • Registration Fee: $100 (postmarked by March 1, 2017)
  • Late Registration Fee: $120 (postmarked by March 15, 2017)

Applications postmarked after March 15, 2017 will not be accepted.

2017 Application Form

Please download, fill out, and submit the application form by the stated deadline.

2017 General Competition Application Form Here

Competition Schedule

Friday, May 5, 2017

  • Elementary Division
  • Junior Division (Preliminary Stage)
  • Senior Division (Preliminary Stage)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

  • Junior Division (Final Stage)
  • Senior Division (Final Stage)


All divisions and rounds of the General Competition will occur inside the Fine Arts Building at the Studebaker Theater.

Studebaker Theater
Fine Arts Building
410 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
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Elementary Division: Plaques will be awarded

Junior Division: 1st: $300, 2nd: $200, 3rd: $100

Senior Division: 1st: $500, 2nd: $400, 3rd: $300


All of the results will be posted online after the competition.

Elementary Division

Participants in the elementary division will compete on May 5, 2017. The adjudication will be screened and contestants will be announced by their assigned numbers. The results of the Elementary Division will be posted online on May 5 and plaques will be awarded at the Gala on May 6.

Junior and Senior Divisions

Participants in the Junior and Senior Divisions will compete on May 5, 2017. The adjudication will be screened and contestants will be announced by their assigned numbers. Three finalists will be selected from each division to compete in the Final Stage on May 6, 2017 with an orchestra. The order of the performance in the final round will be determined by the music director and conductor.


Any questions should be directed to the EDR General Competition Director at generalcompetition@edrfoundation.org.

Please make all checks payable to: Emilio del Rosario Music Foundation, 1305 North Deer Ave., Palatine, IL 60067

J.C. Bach Concerti (any) Mozart Concerti (any)
J.S. Bach Concerti (any) Prokofiev Concerto No.1 in Db major, Op.10
Beethoven Concerti (any) Prokofiev Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.16
Brahms Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15 Prokofiev Concerto No.3 in C major, Op.26
Brahms Concerto No.2 in Bb major, Op.83 Rachmaninoff Concerto No.1 in F# minor, Op.1
Chopin Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11 Rachmaninoff Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18
Chopin Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 Rachmaninoff Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30
Gershwin Concerto in F major Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue Ravel Concerto in G Major
Grieg Concerto in A minor, Op.16 Schumann Concerto in A minor, Op.54
Haydn Concerto in D major, Hob. XVIII/11 Saint-Saens Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22
Liszt Concerto No.1 in Eb major, S.124 Saint-Saens Concerto No.4 in C minor, Op.44
Liszt Concerto No.2 in A Major, S.125 Saint-Saens Concerto No.5 in F major, Op.103
Liszt Totentanz, S.126 Shostakovich Concerto no 1 in C minor, Op.35
Mendelssohn Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.25 Shostakovich Concerto No.2 in F major, Op.102
Mendelssohn Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.40 Tchaikovsky Concerto No.1 in Bb minor, Op.23
Mendelssohn Capriccio Brilliant, Op.22 Tchaikovsky Concerto no.2 in G major, Op.44
Mendelssohn Rondo Brilliant, Op.29 MacDowell Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.23