The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
2021-2022 Annual Young Artist Competition

The next Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition will take place on October 17, 2021.

Open to young artists up to age 18, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra awards $24,000 in cash prizes and gives winners of each category the opportunity to perform with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on January 22 & 23rd, 2022.


:: Piano
:: Strings
:: Brass / Woodwinds


:: 1st Place — $5,000 and a performance with the full orchestra
:: 2nd Place — $2,000
:: 3rd Place — $1,000


Open to all students 18 years of age or under as of January 1, 2022, who are citizens or legal residents of the United States of America.


Contestants will prepare a movement of a standard concerto (concert-piece) and orchestra for their instrument with a time limit of 15 minutes (with piano accompaniment). A high-quality YouTube link of the work to be performed must be received at the VSO office by 4 pm, August 1st, 2021 along with the completed entry form, entry fee of $100, proof of residency and copy of birth certificate.

The student must possess the temperament and professionalism to perform before a large audience.

The final audition and performance piece must be the same as the audition piece and must be performed by memory. Piano accompanist will be available for the finals performance. Scores and orchestra parts must be readily available through major music publishers for purchase or rent.


The following must be submitted with the application form by August 1st, 2021 @ 4 pm:

:: Non-refundable entry fee of $100 (by mail or through online payment)
:: YouTube performance link (see criteria)
:: Copy of legal document which provides proof of age and residency (passport or birth certificate)

Official Entry Form Pay Entry Fee Here

All application materials must be received and submitted by mail and/or email to:

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Young Artists Competition
c/o Orchestra Manager
PO Box 525
Vancouver, WA 98666
[email protected]


Sunday, October 17, 2021 @ 2 pm
First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98663


January 20, 2022 / 7 pm Rehearsal with full orchestra (Skyview Concert Hall)
January 21, 2022 / 7 pm Dress Rehearsal (Skyview Concert Hall)
January 22, 2022 / 7 pm Concert (Skyview Concert Hall)
January 23, 2022 / 3 pm Concert (Skyview Concert Hall)
Skyview Concert Hall, 1300 NW 139th St. , Vancouver WA 98685