First Coast Wind Ensemble

2015 Concerto Competition for High School Musicians

The First Coast Wind Ensemble and Jacksonville University are pleased to announce the FCWE 2015 Concerto Competition for High School Musicians. This young artist event is designed to promote music education in Florida by providing talented students an opportunity to perform a solo work with wind ensemble. The winner will be chosen through a competitive audition process and will perform with the First Coast Wind Ensemble in concert on May 3, 2015 at Jacksonville University. The winner will receive a $1,000.00 cash award from the First Coast Wind Ensemble.

The concerto competition is open to Florida high school musicians (grades 9-12) who play woodwind, brass or percussion instruments. The student must reside in the state of Florida.

Application and Repertoire List
Application form, guidelines and repertoire list are available here:

Important Dates
March 1 - Application packet due
March 21 - Competition Finals held at Jacksonville University
May 3 - Winner will perform with the First Coast Wind Ensemble and receive a $1,000.00 cash award

Contact for more Information
William McNeiland, Chair, Concerto Competition Committee

2014 Concerto Competition

The winner of the 2014 Concerto Competition was trumpeter Nicholas Elliott. Nicholas performed the Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto and received a cash prize of $1,000.00 from the FCWE. He is from Middleburg, Florida and attends Oakleaf High School in Orange Park. He studies with former Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra member Charles Matthiessen and currently holds the position of principal trumpet in the JSO Youth Orchestra.

The First Coast Wind Ensemble is committed to supporting music education in Florida schools.

Nicholas Elliott with conductor Artie Clifton

Nicholas Elliot

Nicholas Elliott in FCWE concert.

David and Liz Kiebler Concerto Donors