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OR-ASTA Solo Competition 2022

The purpose of the event is to present an opportunity for advanced string students to perform and receive recognition for their hard work.  We encourage you and your students to plan now to participate!

DOWNLOAD THE 2022 Solo Competition Poster here (please share with others!)


Open to students of Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Harp, Classical Guitar

The participant must reside or study in Oregon or southern Washington.



  • Sat. October 8: Registration and preliminary round videos are due by 11:59 pm

  • Wednesday, October 19: Finalists will be notified via email

  • Sun. November 6: Live Finals will be held at Portland State University 



  • Senior division: 1st prize $500, 2nd prize $300 and 3rd prize $200

  • Junior division: 1st prize $300, 2nd prize $200 and 3rd prize $100

  • First place winners are not eligible to compete again in the same division.


  • $60 Non-refundable application fee for students of ASTA Members or ASTA Student Members

  • $100 fee for Non-members (to get the member rate, Join ASTA today!)

  • *A limited number of need-based fee waivers can be applied for - please write by Oct. 1st for consideration. 



  • Age Requirements       

    • Junior Division: 15 and under, on or before 11/06/2022                                                                       

    • Senior Division: Age 16-22 on or before 11/06/2022


  • Repertoire is to be selected from the traditional classical literature matching your particular instrument.

    • A complete movement or complete set of smaller movements is required. 

    • Selection can be from any time period, Baroque to Contemporary: concertos, encore pieces, unaccompanied pieces, modern new music, etc.

    • Our focus for this competition is classical music.  We hope to have a future event for fiddle, jazz, multicultural styles, etc.

  • Memorization and accompaniment are not required for Preliminary video, but strongly encouraged.  Finalists are expected to play from memory, with accompaniment if their piece was composed with one. Traditional sonata movements may be performed using music.

  • ​Time limit: There is no time limit for Preliminary video, but the Final competition limit will be about 15 minutes. During the Final Round, judges may ask students to stop and jump ahead if necessary for time constraints. Please cut lengthy tutti sections.

  • The same piece should be used in the Preliminary Round and the Final Round.

REGISTRATION DETAILS: Register and send Preliminary Video by Oct. 8, 2022 at 11:59 pm at

This is a TWO STEP process. You will need to submit the following:

  • STEP ONE: PAY your registration fee (link is at the bottom of this page).

    • Pay via credit card

    • $60 for ASTA Members and their students (must provide member #), and $100 for non-members.

    • Fees are non-refundable


    • After you register online, you will receive an email with a Google Form link. Complete the form with the following:

      • ASTA membership number or instructor’s number must be provided for member rate (students will need to obtain this from their teacher)

      • Recording of your Preliminary Round performance

        • Unlisted YouTube recording link to your full performance (the entire piece or entire movement)

        • Pre-recorded accompaniments are acceptable for the preliminary round.

        • Record in a space that is free of background noise and distracting items.

        • Position yourself about 10 feet from the recording device with the f-holes somewhat facing the camera so that adjudicators can see the entire student, instrument, and bow stroke in the camera frame (horizontal or vertical orientation).

        • Dress to look professional. "Smart casual" dress would be appropriate.

    • Repertoire Title, Composer, Opus/catalog number, Movement number, Movement tempo marking, and Duration of performance (minutes)
      • Contact information for performer, parent/guardian, and accompanist (if applicable)

      • This Google Form MUST be completed by Oct. 8th at 11:59 pm.

      • Email if you did not receive the Google Form immediately following your registration.



  • Finalists in each division will be invited to perform in the final round of competition on Sunday, November 6, 2022. ​​

    • This is a live public performance and will be held at Portland State University

    • Finalists will be notified via email on or before Wednesday, Oct 19th.

    • We encourage use of our recommended accompanists to minimize scheduling conflicts. Details will be forthcoming.

    • If a Finalist cannot perform at the Competition, an alternate will be selected.​

  • A panel of distinguished musicians will serve as judges for the final round of the competition.
    • Performers will need to provide 3 (three) original judge's copies for finals, with measure numbers. Photocopies of works in the public domain from are acceptable.

    • Finalists will compete against other finalists in their division regardless of instrument.

    • Awards will be announced at the conclusion of each division.

    • Judge's decisions are final.


Please forward any questions to (with subject line: Solo Competition)

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