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GOCAA-Concerto Division

No Age Limit
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Judge : Dean Anderson 


Dean Anderson has been the Director of Orchestra Studies at La Sierra University since 2013. He is also frequently engaged as a guest conductor with professional orchestras around the globe. Most recently, he conducted Rossini’s Il Barbieri di Siviglia in Pisa, Italy as part of a production by Teatro Goldoni. In addition, he has conducted orchestras such as the  Orquesta del Festival Gaudix Clásica in Spain, and the Orchestra Filarmonica Campana in Italy. He has been the Music Director and Artistic Director for the Dana Point Symphony and Symphony Irvine for over twelve years. He continually strives to champion a diverse blend of repertoire - ranging from the beloved works of Beethoven and Brahms, to newly commissioned works by local and international composers. His international engagements include concerts with professional orchestras in Europe (Italy, Spain), Asia (Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam), and South America (Brazil, Argentina). He has served as cover conductor for the San Diego Symphony and has performed with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition, he has worked with such artists as Cho-Liang Lin, Andres Cardenes, Yizhak Schotten,  Smokey Robinson, David Archuleta, Manhattan Transfer, John Tesh, Lincoln Mayorga, Arlo Guthrie, and Dick Dale.

A versatile and collaborative conductor, Mr. Anderson’s performances include major ballet works such as the Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf, and La Cigale with ballet companies such as the Anaheim Ballet, Nouveau Chamber Ballet, and the Montage Dance Theater. He has also conducted numerous operas such as The Magic Flute, Il Segreto di Susanna (Wolf-Ferrari), Hansel and Gretel, I Due Figaro (Mercadante), Daron Hagen’s Little Nemo in Slumberland and more. One of the highlights of his career was his Walt Disney Hall debut performance of Marcos Galvany’s O My Son. He was the first American citizen to conduct the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Orchestra in Vietnam. He also led the Southern California Chamber Ensemble performance of traditional Chinese and Japanese music for pipa and erhu with Tu Shan Xiang and George Gao in Nagoya, Japan.

Educational Background

Mr. Anderson completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at UCLA under the mentorship of Neal Stulberg. He studied conducting with Edward Dolbashian and violin with John McLeod at the University of Missouri - Columbia. Additionally, he has participated in conducting workshops with Gustav Meier, Mark Gibson, Marin Alsop, Mihail Agafita, Don Thulean, and Lawrence Golan. He recently completed a Visiting Conductor Residency at the Saarlandiches Staatsoper, a professional opera company in Saarbrucken, Germany under the guidance of General Music Director - Sebastian Rouland.

Results          announcement

Congratulations to all first prize players, you qualify for the next round in the competition, the finale. 

The Concerto finals will be played with the orchestra, so please spend more time preparing your piece. 

2022 GOCAA Concerto Festival 

Choose Plan A or Plan B 


Plan A : Just application online finals 

              Please send high quality videos to:, online final 

              Online participation fee: $280

Plan B : play with LA Irvine Symphony 

(concerto final dates will be in December - details will be announced on the same web page soon)

Festival Fee: $2000 + $280 (finals fee)

fee include: Two time rehearsal + one time concerto concert.

Final live concerto concert performance will have 6 contestants remain

First Prize will compete, and second prize will be on waiting list 

Finals applications are on the GOCAA website:

Deadline : July 15, 2022

If you choose to join the concerto festival please email us before July 1, at:

specified track: Each finalist will perform a Mozart Piano concerto, chose by the finalist from the following list, you will be playing with the Irvine Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dean Anderson

Mozart (chose One movement )

Piano Concerto No 9 in E- flat Major K 271

Piano Concerto No 20 in D Minor  K 466

Piano Concerto No 23 in A Major K 488

because finalist need time to prepare a new concerto piece, so concerto Festival will take place in late December 


Application Deadline : July 15 



Composition Division: 


The first prize winners are eligible to compete in the finals

Second Prize winners are going to be placed on the finalist waiting list  

Finalists are able to choose to either submit the same piece or a different one. 

Application Deadline : July 1






                    2022 GOCAA Competition collaborative Symphony Orchestra

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