SYO Concerto Competition

Group of orchestra members

The Saybrook College Orchestra Concerto Competition was launched in Fall 2010 to provide performance opportunities to musicians across Yale College. The Competition furthers our mission of promoting classical music in the Yale community by highlighting extraordinary talents of undergraduate musicians and introducing them to new audiences. With this initiative, SYO became the first (and remains the only) student-run ensemble with an open and competitive process to offer soloists the opportunity to perform with full orchestra.

The next round of the Competition will be held during the 2017-18 academic year. If you are interested in participating in the Competition, please continue to check this page for updates and details. You can also contact the orchestra at

The Competition is open to any musician in Yale College (undergraduates only) from violinists to vocalists. Please note that a Competition participant should plan to perform only a single movement of the chosen concerto.

Past winners of the SYO Concerto Competition are listed below:

Season Winner Instrument Piece
2016-17 Henry Shapard, BK '20 Cello Haydn - Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major
2015-16 Benji Fleischacker, ES '17 Cello Dvorak - Cello Concerto
2014-15 Abigail Elder, CC '17 Viola Stamitz - Viola Concerto
2013-14 James Cheng, SY '14 Cello Tchaikovsky - Rococo Variations
  Jacob Schafer, PC '15 Violin Mozart - Violin Concerto No. 5
2012-13 Jennifer Gersten, SY '16 Violin Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto
  Frank Wu, SY '15 Piano Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 1
2011-12 Margret Erlensdottir, DC '15 Piano Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2
  Asa Maynard, MC '16 Double Bass Koussevitzky - Double Bass Concerto
  Jaci Nakamura, BR '15 Flute Mozart - Flute Concerto No. 1
2010-11 Gabriel Levine, TC '14 Bassoon Mozart - Bassoon Concerto
  Merav Stern, SY '13 Cello Boccherini - Cello Concerto No. 3 in G