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Solo Competition

October 26

The ASTA-AZ Solo Competition for violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, and harp is held annually in the fall for outstanding students who study privately with our members. Student performers are divided into junior or senior division, where they perform for a panel of judges. Let your students shine; enroll your students ASAP in this exciting event.

ASTA-AZ continues its exciting partnership with Southwest Strings
The Solo Competition will feature additional awards including a Codabow Diamond NX, an Eclipse violin case, and gift certificates!!! These are in addition to the three cash prizes already given within each division.
Cash prizes

Senior division:  First Place – $300
Second Place – $200
Third Place – $100

Junior Division:  First Place – $150
Second Place – $100
Third Place – $75


1. Instrumental categories are Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Harp, Classical Guitar

2. Participant must be an ASTA member or current student of an ASTA member in good standing at the time of registration/competition

3. Participant may enter in their state of residency or the state in which they are studying. Under no circumstance will a participant be allowed to enter more than one State Competition.  Membership number must be included on the registration form.

4. The age requirements for each division are:
Junior – Grade 8 and under
Senior – Grades 9-12

5. Previous first place winners of a certain category are not eligible to re-enter in that same category.

6. Repertoire is to be selected from the standard classical literature matching your particular instrument. Complete works or complete single movements from works will be required of all entrants.  Memorization is not required, but is strongly encouraged.

7. Solo must not exceed ten minutes.

8. The cutting of lengthy piano tutti sections is encouraged.

9. Please provide 2 judges’ copies of your performance piece with measures numbered.

10. Please arrive 30 minutes in advance of your audition time for registration check-in and warm-up.


Competition Chair: John Haggard, 

Competition Venue: Fremont Junior High School, 1001 N. Power Rd. Mesa, AZ 85205

2018 State Solo Competition Results

Junior Category

1 st  Place: Jonathan Okseniuk, violin student of Jing Zeng
2 nd  Place: Ethan Yang, violin student of Jing Zeng
3 rd  Place: Tony Kim, cello student of Jan Simiz

Honorable Mention: Isobel Anderson, violin student of Susanne Rothaar


Senior Category

1 st  Place: Audrey Wang, violin student of Katie McLin
2 nd  Place: Jonathan Pac, cello student of Jan Simiz
3 rd  Place: Alicia Wu, viola student of Susanne Rothaar
Honorable Mention: Leo Kubota, cello student of Thomas Landschoot
Honorable Mention: Iris Cheng, viola student of Susanne Rothaar


October 26


Fremont Junior High School
1001 N. Power Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85205 United States
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