25th Annual Young Artists Competition

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The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is looking for the next great student musicians at its 25th Annual Young Artists Competition with a Call for Entries

Students vie for over $5,250 in scholarship money and chance to perform with VSO

Every season, one of the best-attended and most eagerly anticipated events is the VSO Young Artists Competition and the performances of the three winners with the orchestra at this season’s closing concerts on April 13th & 14th. These are joyous events that celebrate the area’s incredible musical talent.

Applications must be received in The Vancouver Symphony Office no later than Tuesday December 4th, 2018 at 4 pm

Mail all materials to:
The Vancouver Symphony:
P.O. Box 525
Vancouver, WA 98666

Download Entry Form

Students 18 years of age or under as of January 1, 2019, who reside in Oregon and Washington are eligible to compete in the categories of piano, strings and brass/woodwinds/percussion.

Following the initial judging of application CDs by select area musicians, the three top candidates in each category will compete January 13th, 2019, in front of an audience at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vancouver for the scholarship prizes of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place.

First place finishers then perform their winning selections with Maestro Brotons and The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at our April 13th & 14th 2019 concerts at Skyview Concert Hall.

Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 309 W 39th St, Vancouver, WA 98660 (Google Maps).

Please note: every submission must be approved by the VSO office. It is recommended to get the approval of the repertoire early in the preparation process (September/October).
No unapproved submissions will be accepted. Absolutely no exceptions!
For approvals please email [email protected] NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE!

About The VSO

Now in its 40th season, The VSO has been a cornerstone of Southwest Washington's arts community, providing world-renowned classical music, promoting young musicians, and opening doors to classical music for young audiences through events such as the annual In-School concerts, Young Artists Competition and various family- styled special events and performances. A full-sized professional orchestra of over 70 core members perform a multi-concert classical season every year. Symphony performances are at Skyview Concert Hall, 1300 NW 139th Street, Vancouver.

About our Sponsors

The VSO is generously supported by All Classical Portland, Oregon Public Broadcasting, The Community Foundation of SW Washington, The Columbian, and Michelle’s Pianos.
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