2020 A2SO Young Artist Competition

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Young Artist Competition

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra was founded by young aspiring artists in 1928. In keeping with this tradition of highlighting young talent, young artists will be selected through an annual Young Artist Competition held each season. The 2020 competition winner will perform with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra at the “Music in the Middle” youth concert on November 17, 2020 at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor.

2018-2019 Competition Winner, Johnathan Zou 

Who’s Eligible?

Vocalists of all ranges or instrumentalists who play wind, brass, percussion, and string instruments (excluding piano) entering grades K-12 in 2020-2021 the school year.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Applications must be completed by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 (EDT) to be considered.

 

APPLICATION process

  1. Please read through the guidelines on this page.
  2. Upload the audition video recording with piano accompaniment to YouTube.
  3. Fill out the application form. (link below)
  4. Pay a non-refundable fee of $35 online by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover). Instructions and a link to the payment page will be provided after the application form is submitted.

FINAL AUDITIONS

Young Artists who are selected as one of the finalists will be notified via email by July 15. Live auditions will be held in early September, 2020 in Ann Arbor. Finalists will play in alphabetical order by last name. Winners will be announced at the end of live auditions. All finalists must provide their own accompanist. A professional accompanist may be available for an additional fee. More details will be provided to finalists.

Music Selection

Contestants must choose one movement from a concerto or a single movement piece from the standard literature for his or her instrument or voice type (maximum length: eight minutes, no cuts). Selection to be performed must be a work available for solo instrument and orchestra.

 

Winner

Winner will perform with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra at the “Music in the Middle” youth concert on November 17, 2020 at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. Please note that the winner is expected to perform the same piece he/she performed for the final round live auditions and to be able to perform on the date of the performance.

 

Disclaimer

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra reserves the right to not select a winner if no competitor qualifies.

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra will not provide any harp or percussion instruments for soloists.

Transportation and lodging are the responsibility of each performer.

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra reserves the right to change or modify the above competition guidelines.

2020 Jury Panel:

2019/2020 SEASON SCHEDULE

September 13, 2019 | Ax Plays Brahms

October 12, 2019 | Made In America

November 2, 2019 | Liszt & Tchaikovsky

November 9, 2019 The Music Of Star Wars

December 13, 2019 | Holiday Pops

January 18, 2020 | Mozart Birthday Bash

March 14 & 15, 2020 | Best Of Broadway

March 21, 2020 | West Side Story

April 25, 2020 Measha & Mahler 

SEE YOU AT THE SYMPHONY!

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