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Concerto Competition Concert

Since 2001, the United States Navy Band has been proud to host and present the High School Concerto Competition.  This annual competition is an opportunity for talented musicians to perform with the Navy Concert Band.  Encouraging young musicians is one of the Navy Band's education objectives, and the High School Concerto Competition provides an opportunity to work closely and feature some of the most dedicated students.  

Each year, interested students submit audio recordings for consideration in the preliminary round.  These recordings serve as the best representation of the students' playing.  After the Navy Band receives and evaluates the recordings, a select number of finalists are invited to the historic Washington Navy Yard to audition in person.  From this select group, the committee chooses a winner to perform with the Concert Band.  The winner rehearses with the band at the dress rehearsal and subsequently performs in concert.  The Concerto Competition concert is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year for both the Navy Band and National Capital Region audiences.

While the Navy Band is pleased to motivate and reward young musicians, the High School Concerto Competition is often more than a platform for students seeking a future in music.  While many past winners have gone on to pursue music professionally, a number of competition winners have pursued education and careers in fields as diverse as biology, physics and engineering.  The Navy Band considers it a pleasure to work with and inspire some of the leading minds of tomorrow.

2014 Concerto Competition Winner

Olivia Staton

Olivia Staton, age 17, is a senior at James Madison High School in Vienna, Va. She is currently principal flute of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, a position she has held for the last three years, and she is in her second year as a National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellow. Staton studies flute with Aaron Goldman, principal flute of the NSO. Olivia is the recipient of several honors this past year including first prizes in the Richmond Flute Competition and the Flute Society of Washington Honors Competition, and second prize in the Friday Morning Music Club Ross-Roberts Competition; she was named a 2013 Emerson Scholar from the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and she received New England Conservatory's Presidential Distinction Award. She also appeared on NPR's "From the Top" this past December performing Andre Jolivet's Chant de Linos with radio-host and pianist Christopher O'Riley. Staton has performed with various chamber groups through AYP and the NSO Fellowship on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage as well as at the Lyceum in Alexandria, Va. She has attended summer festivals at Interlochen, ARIA International Summer Academy, and Tanglewood, and has plans to attend the Tanglewood Young Artist Orchestra again in summer 2014.

Staton is a member of the National, French, and Tri-M Honor Societies at her school and enjoys participating in outreach activities which extend the arts to the community. In her free time she enjoys ballet, running and skiing.

Next year Staton will attend the Juilliard School to study with Jeffrey Khaner of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Concerto Competition Process

To be considered, eligible students should submit a high quality compact disc recording of the required piece of their choice from the repertoire list with accompaniment. The performance should be a complete and unedited version of the piece. The CD must be clearly marked with the applicant's name, instrument, and the name of the piece. Recordings will not be returned.


Students should complete and return the enclosed application form with their CD in one package via UPS or FedEx ONLY. Do no use the US Postal Service to send materials. Send complete materials to the following address:


Navy Band High School Concerto Competition
ATTN: MUC Christina Bayes, Competition Coordinator
617 Warrington, Ave., S.E.

Washington Navy Yard, D.C. 20374-5054


Materials must be received by March 7, 2014. Finalists will be notified on March 17 and will be invited to perform in the final round of the competition in Washington, D.C. on April 12th at 11am. Each finalist must provide an accompanist for the final round; all expenses incurred are the applicant's responsibility.


The winner will prepare his or her solo with the Navy Band at the dress rehearsal on May 16th at 10am. The concert will be on May 17th at Wakefield High School in Arlington, VA at 7:30pm. Selected finalists will also be invited to prepare and perform an ensemble selection for the concert. The winner will receive The Ambassador Middendorf Young Artist Award of $1000. In addition, the National Capital Council Navy League of the United States has generously donated awards of $250 and $150 for second and third prizes.

The Navy Band hopes that either you, or your qualified students apply for this opportunity to perform with one of the nation's finest concert bands. It will be our pleasure to share the stage with these dedicated and talented young musicians.




Past Winners


Arianna Beyer,


Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Jacksonville, Fla.


Joshua Lauretig,


Beachwood High School, Cleveland, Ohio


Dominic Favia,


Oakton High School, Vienna, Va.


Andrew Eshbach,


Fairfax High School, Fairfax, Va.


Rebekah Carpio,


James Madison High School, Vienna, Va.


Chao Xue,


Montgomery Blair High School , Wheaton, Md.


Ashley Kong


Oakton High School, Oakton, Va.


Xavier Verna,


Thomas Edison High School, Alexandria, Va.


Joy Fraser,


Altholton High School, Columbia, Md.


Samuel Funkhouser,


Central High School, Woodstock, Va.


Alicia Murai,


Loch Raven High School, Towson, Md.


Giancarlo Garcia ,


McLean High School, McLean, Va.


Alicia Murai,


Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, Va.


Stephen Secules ,


Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Greenbelt, Md.

Applicaton Form


Navy Band Concerto Competition Application Form















Repertoire List


Navy Band Concerto Competition Required Solo List
















For more information, contact the Concerto Competition Coordinator via e-mail at