Vancouver Symphony Orchestra USA | Young Artists Competition

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Our 2014 Winners with Maestro Brotons

      The winners of the 2014 Young Artist Competition with Maestro Brotons


The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is happy to announce the beginning of its 21st Annual Young Artists Competition with a call for entries.

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 our orchestra at our spring concert. These are joyous events that celebrate our area's incredible musical talent.


To be eligible to compete in the three categories of piano, strings and brass/woodwinds/percussion, students must:

  • Be 18 years of age or under as of January 1, 2015
  • Reside within a 135-mile radius of Vancouver, Washington. This area now includes cities as far north as Tacoma and as far south as Eugene, Oregon.
  • Be actively studying with a private music instructor.

Following the initial judging of application CD's by select area musicians, the three top candidates in each category will compete Sunday, February 8, 2015 in front of an audience at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vancouver, Washington 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 18 & 19, 2015 concerts at Skyview Concert Hall.

Deadline for all submissions is January 2, 2015.

Important: every submission must be approved by the VSO office.
It is recommended that applicants get the approval of their repertoire early in the preparation process (September/October). No unapproved submissions will be accepted. Absolutely no exceptions!

For approvals please e-mail NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE!

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