On Saturday, Jan. 21, six finalists will compete in the 2016-2017 Fresno State Concerto Competition for the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Fresno State Wind Orchestra and the Fresno State Symphony Orchestra later this semester.

The competition has two rounds. The preliminary round will take place on Friday, Jan. 20, but is closed to the public. The finals will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 in the Department of Music Concert Hall at Fresno State. The final competition is free and open to the public.

Two external judges have been hired for the competition: Dale Engstrom, director of bands at Fresno City College, and Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov, head of keyboard studies at the California State University, Northridge.

Participants are instrumental or vocal soloists who are undergraduate or graduate music students at Fresno State. They will perform a concerto or work for soloist and large ensemble. At the competition, all the works will be performed with piano accompaniment.

For the Concerto Competition, internationally renowned collaborative pianist Hatem Nadim will come to Fresno State and rehearse with the candidates during the week prior to the competition and perform with them at the competition.

Last year’s winners were clarinetist Josh Jensen, who won the Wind Orchestra division, and pianist Jordan Williams, who won the Symphony Orchestra division.