Stratford Symphony Orchestra (SSO) Concerto Competition


The Stratford Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce our 2023 Concerto Competition. This year’s competition is open to all string players under the age of 25. The competition is also open to harp and guitar players.   


Applicants will be adjudicated from Video submissions.  The Jury will feature SSO Music Director William Rowson, members of the orchestras Artistic Advisory Committee and one outside string professional. All eligible competitors are encouraged to submit a single take video of a concerto movement of their choice.  Submissions must be received by 5 PM EST, Monday, April 10th, 2023. 



  • Must be 25 or younger as of December 31, 2023
  • Candidates must be legally eligible to work in Canada.


Application Process:

Send an email to that includes your name, age, contact info, and a link to video (YouTube, Vimeo etc.)


We will issue you an online invoice through PayPal – the application fee is $40.00 CDN.


If you prefer to pay by cheque, please send your cheque to

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1067
Stratford, ON
N5A 6W4


Once the fee is paid you are officially in the competition – best of luck!



The winner will be offered a performance with the orchestra during our 2023/24 season with the concerto of their choice. The winner will be notified on or before May 10th, 2023.


 For questions, please contact the SSO at

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