Youth Concerto Competition

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The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is hosting its 4th annual Youth Concerto Competition. The competition is an exciting opportunity for high-school aged musicians to prepare a musical piece and audition for an opportunity to perform with Indiana’s oldest continually-active symphony orchestra!


Up to two total applicants may receive the following scholarships

  • Winner: $500
  • First Runner-Up: $100

Applicant Obligations

  • Complete an application, with non-refundable $25.00 fee.
  • Receive approval for your selected piece from the CSO Librarian.
  • Submit an unedited recording of the Applicant playing the piece.
  • If selected, perform in person for the Judge(s).
  • If selected, rehearse with the CSO and perform at the February 23, 2020 Concert.

Application Deadline

Friday, January 3, 2020

An Eligible Applicant

  • Is a student enrolled in High School, or home schooled.
  • Resides in, or attend school in: Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Jennings, Johnson, or Shelby counties.
  • Is under the age of Twenty (20).
  • Pledges to be available, if chosen, to rehearse and perform with the orchestra on the above dates.

Eligible Pieces

  • Are concertos, show pieces or simliar scored for a solo Instrument with Orchestra.
  • Are less than fifteen minutes in duration.
  • Are in print and accessible to the Orchestra.
  • Applicants are encouraged to consult with their teacher in selecting an appropriate piece.

Eligible Solo Instruments

Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
Winds: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Tuba
Percussion: Mallets and other orchestral percussion

Other Rules

  • Applicants may play selected movements from a single work.
  • Approval by Orchestra Librarian:  The Goal of this competition is for the winner to play their piece with the Orchestra.  There are very few restrictions on the pieces which the Applicants may select. However, the scores and parts must be reasonably available and appropriate for the orchestra.  If an applicant has questions about the appropriateness of a given piece, they may submit an inquiry to: [email protected]
  • Winner Obligations:  The Winner of the competition must rehearse and perform with the Orchestra on the above dates and times. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of the scholarship.
  • All Applicants shall be judged by the CSO Music Director and 2 additional judges.  The judges shall rank the Applicants.  The judges are not obligated to choose any winners, but every effort will be made to select as many deserving players as possible.