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Our 2016 Gold Medal Winners

                 The winners of the 2016 Young Artist Competition
      Anthony Zheng (piano), Lauren Yoon (piano) and Richard Lu (cello)
                  with VSO Immediate Past Chair Kathy McDonald



23rd Annual Young Artists Competition


Application Deadline: December 2, 2016
Competition Date: January 8, 2017


Trinity Lutheran Church in Vancouver

CLICK HERE to download the 2016-2017 Young Artists Competition Rules and Entry Form


The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is happy to announce the beginning of its 23nd 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. Many of the outstanding local young musicians use it as a launching pad for a life-long career in music.


The Young Artists Competition resonates with VSO conductor Salvador Brotons: “I love working with our three young artists every spring. Every season, I am amazed at the talent, passion and skill these young musicians bring to the orchestra.”

“Our Young Artists Competition is a great way for young musicians to showcase their incredible talents,” said VSO Executive Director Dr. Igor Shakhman. “The audiences for both our winter competition and the April concerts are enthusiastic and keep growing every year.”

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, 2017
  • Reside within a 135-mile radius of Vancouver, Washington. This area now includes cities as far north as Seattle, as far south as Eugene, Oregon, and as far east as Yakima, Washington.
  • Be actively studying with a private music instructor.

Important: every submission must be approved by the VSO office. Contact the Orchestra Manager for approval of your music prior to sending us your application and CD. No unapproved submissions will be accepted. Absolutely no exceptions!

For approvals please e-mail NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE!

Following the initial judging of application CD's by select area musicians, the three top candidates in each category will compete at on January 8, 2017 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 22 & 23, 2017 concerts at Skyview Concert Hall. New this year: selected Young Artist Competition winners may be invited to perform solo as part of the VSO Chamber Music Series.


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