Miroslav Pansky Memorial Concerto Competition

Brochure (click here to view/print)

Poster (click here to view/print)


Competition Date

Saturday, November 06, 2021


Studio Arts Building Room B101 (Choir Room) UW-Green Bay


First place in each age group (high school & college divisions) receives $500 cash award and performance with Civic Symphony of Green Bay on February 05, 2022.

Second Place in each age group (high school & college divisions) receives $250 cash award.


Northeast Wisconsin students through age 22 at the time of the competition.


Instrumental – Concerto movement or concert piece from the standard repertoire with published orchestral accompaniment.

Vocal – Aria or comparable selection from an opera or oratorio in the standard repertoire with published orchestral accompaniment.


  • Selection must be no longer than ten (10) minutes in duration. Appropriate cuts should be made if needed and noted on the score. All selections for audition must come from the standard repertoire and receive the approval of the orchestra conductor.
  • Each contestant must have a piano accompanist for the competition. No contestant will be allowed to perform without an accompanist.
  • Each contestant must bring along three copies of the selection to be performed, with measures numbered, for the use of judges. Please mark any cuts and/or changes in the music.
  • Applications must be postmarked no later than Sunday, October 24, 2021 and sent with the $45 fee
  • Any questions should be directed to Katelyn Werner: 920-432-4676 / education@gbcivic.org
  • Audition periods of approximately 12 minutes will be scheduled on Saturday, November 06, 2021, between 8:30 am and 12:00 noon for contestants of high school age and between 12:30 and 4:00 pm for those in college. Please note on your entry if you have a specific time conflict during the audition hours set aside for your age group. Once scheduled, your audition time cannot be changed.


Applicants can apply online below or via mailed form.

Online application:

    Mailed application:

    Brochure (click here to view/print)

    If you have completed the online form you do not need to mail an application in.

    Mail completed form to:

    Civic Symphony of Green Bay
    Attn: Concerto Competition
    P.O. Box 302
    Green Bay, WI 54305

    Applicant Entry Fee – Ways to Pay:

    Non-refundable $45 entry fee payable to the Civic Symphony of Green Bay

    Click “Add to Cart” to pay the registration fee online.


    Send check payment to:
    Civic Symphony of Green Bay
    P.O. Box 302
    Green Bay, wi 54305-0302


    Contact Katelyn Werner: 920-432-4676 / csgbassistant@gbcivic.org


    The Miroslav Pansky Memorial Competition was established in 2007 by the Civic Symphony of Green Bay. The event continues as an enduring tribute to an artist who profoundly influenced the cultural life of our community.

    Maestro Pansky, born in 1933 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, graduated from the Prague Conservatory of Music with honors in violin, conducting and composition. After successfully launching a conducting career and completing a period of opera study in Monte Carlo, he emigrated to the United States in 1968. Soon afterward he was appointed music director of the Los Angeles Congress of Strings. Pansky came to Green Bay in 1972 as artistic director and conductor of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, a long-established community ensemble. He held the post for 23 years, bringing the orchestra to an enviable level of performance.

    During his tenure, Pansky also fulfilled engagements with orchestras and opera companies far from Green Bay. They included appearances as guest conductor of symphony orchestras in Milan, Sorrento and Taormina, Italy, in Athens, and in Seoul, Korea. Guest conductor commitments closer to home took him to New York, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, and Winnipeg, Canada.

    In 1985 Pansky founded the Pamiro Opera. Over 20 years under his direction, Pamiro mounted some 30 operas, providing young professionals from across the country the opportunity to perform in fully staged productions with musicians from the area.

    Soon after coming to Green Bay, Pansky also organized and directed an orchestra program for school-age musicians: a youth symphony, a junior youth symphony, and a string orchestra. In weekly rehearsals and regular concerts over many years, he savored the joy of nurturing talent and of engaging the energy and enthusiasm of youth. Under his guidance, scores of young musicians were inspired to persist in the path to outstanding achievement.

    In the same spirit, the competition is held every two years as an integral part of the Civic Symphony’s educational mission. The first auditions were held in October 2008, and the two first-place winners performed as soloists with the orchestra in February 2009.