KSU Summer Horn Festival Solo Competition

Solo Competition

A unique part of the Kennesaw State University Summer Horn Festival is the annual solo competition. The competition is divided into a high-school division and a collegiate division. Division finalists will perform their work in its entirety with an accompanist on the Monday, June 10 recital at 7:00 pm. Our growing list of prizes and awards currently totals over $2,500 in value.


Students must be accepted as full participants in order to participate and may play any accompanied or unaccompanied work for horn at least 5 minutes in length. Memorization is not required. Multi-movement works should be performed in their entirety for the final round. An accompanist will be provided for students who pass to the final round, and each finalist will receive one half-hour rehearsal with their pianist prior to this performance.

Horn Festival Solo Competition Finalist 2017


High School Division First Place:

  • $250 cash prize
  • $100 gift certificate to Balu Musik
  • Full-tuition scholarship to the 2020 KSU Summer Horn Festival ($300 value)

Collegiate Division First Place:

  • $500 cash prize
  • $100 gift certificate to Balu Musik
  • Free placement on waitlist for a new, custom Elemental Brass instrument by John Gough ($1,000 value)
  • Full-tuition scholarship to the 2020 KSU Summer Horn Festival ($300 value)

(The panel reserves the right to name no winners if appropriate.)


  • Students accepted for full participation in the festival will have the option to register for the competition for an additional $25 when they receive their registration decision link
  • Only 20 spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once full, the option will be removed from the registration/payment form
  • Preliminary rounds of the competition are unaccompanied and played for a closed panel in Morgan Concert Hall. The preliminary round performance is limited to 10 minutes in length
  • Students who pass to the final round will receive one 30-minute rehearsal with the faculty accompanist in Morgan Concert Hall
  • Finals are held in the format of a recital the evening of Monday, June 10 at 7:00 pm in Morgan Concert Hall
  • Winners will be announced at the closing festival recital on Tuesday, June 11 at 6:00 pm

Dates and Schedule

  • Rolling – Registration opens to accepted students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Optional concerto competition registration link will be included in registration decision emails until the available 20 spaces have filled
  • May 1 – Registration opens to accepted students on first-come, first-serve basis
  • May 15 – Deadline for submitting solo selections. Email: ksusummerhornfestival@gmail.com to submit selections. Participants should provide electronic copies of their accompaniment if a specific edition is required, but all parts used in the final round must be original parts and not copies. Students who do not submit musical selections by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, May 15 will be automatically disqualified without refund, and an email will be sent offering the available space to other registrants who would like to participate.
  • June 8 – Preliminary round (2:00-5:00 pm)
  • June 9 – Finalists rehearse with accompanist (2:00-5:00 pm)
  • June 10 – Finalist recital (7:00 pm)
  • June 11 – Winners announced (6:00 pm)