The Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists Competition

January 11, 2020

Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall

University of Louisiana Monroe

The Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists Competition is an annual event established by the

Monroe Symphony League and the Monroe Symphony Orchestra to

promote and encourage excellence in musical performance.

See below for competition details and application form.



  1. Piano
  2. Winds, Brass, Percussion
  3. Strings
  4. Vocal

In the preliminary round, a winner from each performance category will/may be chosen in each of the age divisions. Each preliminary round winner will be awarded a cash prize of $100.00. The preliminary winners will then compete in a final round that takes place in the form of a recital at 7 p.m. that same evening. After the final round, the judges will rank the performers. The first place winner will receive $500; the second place, $250; the third place, $125. One of these Final Round winners may be selected to perform their entire composition with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra during the orchestra’s next concert season.


  1. Applications must be submitted via the online form, including a non-refundable application fee paid through PayPal,  in order to be complete. (The online form will direct you to PayPal when you click the “submit” button.) There is a discounted application fee of $25 for applications received before November 27, 2019.  Any application received after November 27, 2019 will have an application fee of $35.  FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE is midnight of December 14, 2019.
  2. Entrants must be residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, or Arkansas, or be enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary institution in one of these states at the time of the competition.
  3. Instrumentalists will be required to perform the first or last movement of a standard concerto or concert piece for which orchestral accompaniment is available. Vocalists will perform two (2) concert/operatic arias in the original key for which orchestral accompaniments are available.
  4. **All compositions must be in their original form. No transcriptions will be accepted** Each contestant will perform the solo part of his/her selection in its entirety; however, orchestral interludes may be abbreviated at the performer’s discretion. Only live accompaniments are permitted. The entrant must provide an original score or solo part for the judges when they check in – no photocopies will be allowed.
  5. Entrants must perform from memory.
  6. The decision of the judges will be final. If performances do not meet the judges’ standards, no winner will be selected. There will be no ties.
  7. One of the Final Round winners may be selected to perform with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra during the following year’s concert season, and, if chosen, will be engaged by the MSO independently of this competition. This winner may be asked to perform the entire composition with the MSO or only the movement used for the Emerging Artists Competition at the discretion of the MSO Music Director.
  8. Winners who perform with the MSO are ineligible to compete the following competition year.
  9. Neither the MSO nor the Monroe Symphony League will be responsible for any expenses incurred by entrants.


Auditions Coordinator:                                                                  

Dr. Mel Mobley–; 318-342-1575

This project is made possible through the interest and generosity of:

Monroe Symphony League

Monroe Symphony Orchestra

ULM School of Visual and Performing Arts


Programs of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra are supported, in part, by grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, in coorporation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, as administered by the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council.