Annual Competition

We are pleased to announce the 22nd Annual Masters Concerto and Aria Competition sponsored by the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra!

Created by the KSO in 1998, the Masters Concerto and Aria Competition (MCAC) is a classical music competition for adult amateur or emerging professional musicians seeking the opportunity to compete with their peers and perform with a live orchestra.

Important Dates:

The auditions will be held at Schmitt Music Center, 2400 Freeway Blvd, Brooklyn Center. Here are some of the key contest rules. See the contest application for the full contest rules.

  • Contestants perform a selection of their choice for a panel of judges. At least 3 winners will be chosen to perform with the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra on the MCAC Winners’ Showcase.
  • All contestants must be at least 25 years of age.
  • Emerging Professionals are current/recent music students with advanced degrees & people with some relevant professional experience
  • Amateurs are people without relevant professional music experience
  • Time limit for the competition is 15 minutes. Exceptions will be granted for 1 movement of a
    concerto or larger work, up to 20 minutes. Multiple movements are allowed from the same concerto/opera/larger work.
  • Need help finding an accompanist? You can use our staff accompanist. The separate fee is $60 and includes a 30 minute rehearsal.

Please apply on-line by using one of the below buttons, or print the contest application and apply by mail.

For questions, please e-mail the MCAC Coordinator or call Julie Pronovici at (763) 535-9824.


To become an MCAC donor:
Donations to Kenwood Symphony Orchestra can be sent to our mailing address:

Kenwood Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 19591
Minneapolis, MN 55419

You can also donate on-line via GiveMN, a collaborative venture to transform philanthropy in Minnesota..