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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. Encouraging young musicians is one of the Navy Band's educational objectives and we are pleased to offer this annual program as an opportunity for talented high school musicians to perform with the Concert Band.

Each year, students submit high-quality audio recordings for consideration in the preliminary round. The recordings are evaluated and a select number of finalists are invited to the historic Sail Loft at the Washington Navy Yard to audition in person. All finalists are invited to perform a work side by side with the Concert Band, the top three students receive cash prizes and the grand prize winner performs as the featured soloist with the Concert Band.

While the Navy Band is pleased to motivate and reward young musicians, the 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 them have also pursued education and careers in a variety of different fields. The Navy Band is pleased to work with and inspire these outstanding young men and women!

2015 Concerto Competition Winner

Morgan Mackenzie Short

Morgan Mackenzie Short, age 17, is a native of Virginia.  She studies harp with Elisabeth Remy Johnson, principal harpist of the Atlanta Symphony, and Jacquelyn Bartlett at the North Carolina School of the Arts.  Short began her musical studies at age 6.  The following year she auditioned for the Roanoke Symphony’s Harp Ensemble, where she spent seven years mastering her ensemble skills.

Since age 10, Short’s summers have been spent attending harp camps and festivals like the American Harp Institute, Young Artist’s Harp Seminar, Saratoga Harp Colony and Masterworks Festival.  She has participated in masterclasses from notable harpists such as Elizabeth Hainen, Marissa Robles, Maria Luisa Rayan-Forero, Judy Loman, Joan Holland, Mieko Inoue, Julie Ann Smith and Lynne Aspnes. As a result, Short became interested in competing.

Since 2012, Short has entered 25 competitions, at all levels, while being awarded 18 prizes.  Competitions were for solo pieces, orchestral, chamber and, most recently, concertos.  She has traveled to Szeged, Hungary, and Caernarfon, Wales, in the last year and has enjoyed presenting her works at the Mora Ferenc Museum and the Galeri Caernarfon.  She appeared on Hungarian Duna TV in a documentary about the Third International Harp Competition of Szeged, Hungary.  Additionally, Short is the principal harpist of the Roanoke Youth Symphony, a position which she has held since 2011.  In the spring Short will perform Handel’s Concerto in B Flat with the Roanoke Symphony.

Short’s orchestral skills are in demand locally. In 2013 Morgan performed ‘Overture to Candide’ and Maslanka’s ‘Symphony No. 4′ at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium with Virginia Tech’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble.   Short has worked with the following conductors: David Wiley, Steven White, Andrew Sewell, David Bowden, Travis Cross, James Glazebrook and Miriam Burns.   In summer 2014 she enjoyed performing for Christian Macelaru, associate conductor of the Philadelphia Symphony in an orchestral mock audition at Skidmore College.

Concerto Competition Process

The U.S. Navy Band's High School Concerto Competition is open to all students currently enrolled in grades 9 to 12. Eligible students should submit a high quality MP3 recording of the piece of their choice from the repertoire list with accompaniment. The performance should be a complete and unedited version. Fill in this application and send both files to

When saving your files for submission please save both the application and MP3 as your full name. Also, please ensure that email addresses provided are regularly monitored. Materials must be received by Jan. 23, 2016. Finalists will be notified approximately a week after and will be invited to perform in the final round of the competition in Washington, D.C., on March 26 at 11 a.m. 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 Concert Band at a 10 a.m. dress rehearsal the day before the concert. The concert will be in late April or early May, time and location will be announced. 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 $1,000. 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. Awards will be presented at the Concerto Competition Winners Concert. Therefore cash prize recipients must be present.

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


Olivia Staton,


James Madison High School, Vienna, Va.


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