Concerto Competition

Esther Platt and Anna EpsteinEach year, advanced-level Youth Symphony musicians may compete for an opportunity to play a concerto or concerto excerpts with the Youth Symphony. The public is invited to attend the annual Concerto Competition to hear the performances by the competitors. The 2016 Concerto Competition took place at Southern Oregon University in the Oregon Center for the Arts' Music Recital Hall on January 25, 2016. Violinists Chloe Brown and Lily Dunlap were selected by the judges to perform with the Youth Symphony in upcoming concerts. Chloe will play with the Youth Symphony in May 2016, and Lily will be a featured soloist during the 2016-2017 concert season.

The 2015 Concerto Competition was held at Southern Oregon University's Music Recital Hall on January 26, 2015. Jerry Su, principal clarinet of the Youth Symphony, was selected as the winner. He played W.A. Mozart's Concerto in A Major with the Youth Symphony in May 2015.

In January 2014, Youth Symphony musicians competed for the opportunity to play with the Youth Symphony as a soloist during the 2014-2015 Concert Season. Medford violinist Sarah Klein was selected as the winner of the competition. She was the featured soloist in the Winter 2015 Concert Series performances.

The 2013 winners, violinists Anna Epstein and Esther Aviana Platt, were featured soloists with the Youth Symphony during the 2013-2014 Concert Season. Anna was the soloist in the Fall 2013 Concert Series and Esther was the soloist in the Winter 2014 Concert Series.

In order to be eligible to participate in the Concerto Competition, musicians must be current advanced-level Youth Symphony musicians, at least 14 years of age and in high school (or 14 years of age and high school equivalent level if home-schooled) at the time the Intent to Participate form is submitted. There is a form submission deadline each year. Each eligible Concerto Competition participant must pay a non-refundable fee of $25. The fee helps defray venue rental and stage management expenses, and adjudicator fees. The $25 fee must accompany the Intent to Participate form. The form must be received on or before the submission deadline.

The YSSO organization's governing board and staff reserve the right to pre-screen musicians if the YSSO receives a large number of applications from eligible Youth Symphony musicians. Musicians who have won the YSSO organization's Concerto Competition in the past are not eligible to participate in the Competition again.

Eligible advanced level Youth Symphony musicians may contact the YSSO office for more information. An Intent to Participate form must be received by the YSSO office on or before the deadline date. No extensions will be granted.