Martha B. Sosman Concerto Competition

Martha B. Sosman Concerto Competition

We welcome piano students to participate in our 4th Annual Martha B. Sosman Concerto Competition, supported in part by the Martha B. Sosman Fund, by recommendation of Christine Roach. 

Thank you to Allston Piano Moving Co., a division of Gentle Giant Moving Co., for their support of this event!

The 2019 Competition Winners!

Congratulations to this year's competition winners:

  • 1st Place - Nathan Emans
  • 2nd Place - Ayla Lam

The 2020 Competition Details:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Received by Friday, January 3, 2020


  • 1st Place: $250 cash prize, perform a selected piece with the Powers Youth Orchestra and Conductor Steven Lipsitt in their Spring Concert in May 2020!
  • 2nd Place: $100 cash prize

The 2020 Competition Selections:

  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, KV 414
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 16 in D major, KV 451
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, KV 453
  • Haydn: Piano Concerto in D major, Hob. XVIII:11
  • Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto in G minor, op. 25
  • Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, op. 40
  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, op. 15

The 1st place winner will work with the conductor of the Powers Youth Orchestra to decide how much of the concerto will be performed at the live performance in May. Contestants will not be judged on the level of preparedness on the remaining movements beyond the 10-minute selection for the preliminary/final round.

How does the competition work?

Applicants in grades 12 and under may record a live video performing the selected competition piece and upload their videos to YouTube (past 1st Place winners are not eligible to compete again). Finalists will be chosen in early January, and will perform the selected piece in person for adjudicators in the Finals Round. The 1st Place winner will perform with the Powers Youth Orchestra at their Spring Concert in May.

Preliminary Round Application Deadline: Must be received by Friday, January 3, 2020.

  • Application Form & Entrance Fee: Please fill out the application form in its entirety and pay your $25.00 application fee. No refunds are available in case of withdrawal or no-show at the Finals Round. (The competition entrance fee will also cover the Mildred Freiberg Piano Festival application if any student wishes to participate in the festival as well.)
  • YouTube entry: Competitors must include in your application an active link to a YouTube recording of your selection (listed above). Please triple-check the spelling of the link and make sure it loads and plays properly on several different devices! To shorten and simplify your YouTube link, try or

Use the buttons here to submit your application and pay your fee online!

Want to submit your application and pay your fee by mail instead? Use the button below to download an application form, then submit your completed application, link to YouTube recording, and payment to: Dr. Daniel Acsadi, Powers Music School, P.O. Box 398, Belmont, MA, 02478.

Finals Round: evening of Friday, February 7, 2020, in Belmont.
Notification: Applicants will be notified by January 6 if they have been chosen for the Finals Round.

Winners Announced: Week of February 10, 2020
Notification: 1st and 2nd Place winners will be notified by phone and email, and announced on the Powers website and through email during the week of February 10. Cash prizes will be awarded following the Powers Youth Orchestra Concert in May. Powers reserves the right to not select a winner.

Powers Youth Orchestra Spring Concert: Sunday, May 17, 2020 at Arlington Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave.
Performance & Attendance: The competition 1st Place winner will perform their selected piece with the orchestra. The winner will work with the conductor to decide how much of the concerto will be performed at the live performance. Rehearsal times are listed on the application – attendance is necessary at all rehearsals.

Questions? Contact Dr. Daniel Acsadi, Director of Music, at (617) 484-5750 or



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