Each year the AUSO hosts a Concerto & Aria Competition open to all students of American University—undergraduates and graduates, full and part time. The Department of Performing Arts comes together for this annual celebration of the incredible talent of AU's student musicians. Competitions are held in February at the Katzen Arts Center's Abramson Family Recital Hall. Winners then perform in the spring with the AU Symphony Orchestra.
1st place: Kaitlyn Mesic (violin) 2nd place: Christopher Hacnik (viola) 3rd place: Michael Dan (oboe)
In addition, the following students recieved honorable mention for their extraordinary performance: Charlotte Bergmann (mezzo-soprano), Brian Huff (trombone), and Catie DeLiso (mezzo-soprano). The jury consisted of music faculty, Nancy Snider, Linda Allison Haslach, Osman Kivrak, Teri Lazar, and Noah Getz.