Concerto Competition

Each fall, usually in early November, the Music Department holds a competition to select one student soloist to appear with the Orchestra later in the academic year.  In some cases, depending on the Orchestra’s overall programming considerations, two winners may be featured.

To be eligible for the concerto competition, the participant must be:

  • a full-time student at one of the Claremont Colleges, beyond the freshman year
  • taking lessons for credit through the Pomona Music Department on the instrument (or voice) on which they are competing – for example, if someone plays both violin and piano and wants to enter as a pianist, they must be taking piano lessons
  • a regular member in an appropriate Pomona Music Department curricular ensemble, although not necessarily on the same instrument as for the competition performance – for example, a pianist could satisfy their ensemble eligibility requirement by singing in the Choir

Students enter the concerto competition by emailing Professor Eric Lindholm, the orchestra conductor.  Additional rules and considerations:

  • Repertoire must be approved by the conductor.  The minimum duration is ten minutes.  Vocalists may assemble a suite of arias if no individual selection meets the length requirement.
  • An accompanist will be provided, and a modest amount of rehearsal time in the competition space will be available.
  • The competition is open to friends and family of the performers, but it is not considered a public event.
  • Memorization is not required, but the judges may, at their discretion, consider memorization to be an aspect of stage presence.
  • Generally, full pieces are expected, but a student may enter with a single movement if that movement is artistically viable on its own.
  • The participant must, for the competition, perform the entire piece that would potentially be performed with the orchestra – for example, if the student aspires to perform all three movements of a concerto, then all three movements must be prepared and performed for the competition.
  • If selected as a winner, the student must continue their lessons and their ensemble participation during the semester of the performance.

Previous Winners

Year Winners
2022 Hannah Caris ’23, flute (Mozart – Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major)
2021 Megan Chang ’23, violin (Sibelius – Violin Concerto in D minor)


not held due to COVID-19 pandemic
2019 Andrew Acs ’20, euphonium (Horovitz – Euphonium Concerto)
Hana Burgess SCR ’21, violin (Wieniawski – Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor)
2018 Oliver Dubon ’20, tuba (Vaughan Williams – Tuba Concerto)
2017 Briana Grether ’18, soprano (Barber – Knoxville: Summer of 1915)
2016 Katherine Tseung SCR ’19, cello (Haydn – Cello Concerto No. 2 in D)
2015 Gloria Liou ’18, violin (Chausson – Poème)
2014 Peter Mellinger ’18, violin (Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E minor)
2013 Johnny Wang ’17, piano (Liszt – Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat)
2012 Ryan Luo ’16, violin (Brahms – Violin Concerto in D)
2011 Roger Sheu ’14, piano (Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat, “Emperor”)
2010 Eddie Sayles ’11, tenor (Britten – Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings)
Sonya Ursell ’11, piano (Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor)
2009 Anatolia Evarkiou-Kaku ’14, flute (Hüe – Fantaisie)
2008 Elisha Nuchi ’09, piano (Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor)
2007 Yoon-Chan Kim ’10, flute (Mozart – Flute Concerto No. 1 in G)
2006 Lucie McGee ’07, clarinet (Weber – Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-flat)
2005 Megan Kaes ’08, piano (Grieg – Piano Concerto in A minor)
2004 Victoria Brown ’07, piano (Saint-Saëns – Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor)
2003 Charles Hummel ’06, violin (Prokofiev – Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor)
Angela Nierman ’06, horn (Strauss – Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat)
2002 Ethan Bodnaruk HMC ’04, euphonium (Mozart – Bassoon Concerto in B-flat)
2001 Wendy Iskenderian ’04, piano (Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor)
2000 Arielle Cooley ’01, clarinet (Mozart – Clarinet Concerto in A)
Jennifer Milicent Lindsay HMC ’02, soprano (Verdi – “Caro nome” from Rigoletto)
1999 Susan Chen ’02 and Peter Chang ’01, pianos (Poulenc – Concerto for Two Pianos)
1998 Martha Kate Lind ’99, soprano (Dvořák – “Song to the Moon” from Rusalka)
Helen Wong ’99, piano (Grieg – Piano Concerto in A minor)
1997 Ting Chou ’98, piano (Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat)
1996 Andrew Glazier ’97, cello (Elgar – Cello Concerto in E minor)
Phoebe Harvey ’97, flute (Mozart – Flute Concerto No. 1 in G)
1995 Neva Kerbeshian ’96, clarinet (Rossini – Introduction, Theme and Variations)
Jeannette Lin ’99, cello (Boccherini – Cello Concerto in B-flat)