Concerto Competition

Each year, eligible 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 2018 Concerto Competition will take place on Monday, January 22, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. at the Oregon Center for the Arts Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland.

The 2017 Concerto Competition was held at Southern Oregon University on January 23, 2017. Nine outstanding Youth Symphony musicians took part in the competition. Lindan Burns, violin, and Courtney Badura, flute, were selected as winners. Lindan was the featured soloist on the Spring 2017 Concert Series and Courtney will be featured during the 2017-2018 Concert Season.

The 2016 Concerto Competition took place at SOU in January 2016. Violinists Chloe Brown and Lily Dunlap were selected as winners. Chloe played with the Youth Symphony in May 2016. Lily was the featured soloist in February 2017. Jerry Su, principal clarinet of the Youth Symphony during the 2014-2015 Concert Season, was selected as the 2015 Concerto Competition winner. He played W.A. Mozart's Concerto in A Major with the Youth Symphony in May 2015. In January 2014, Medford violinist Sarah Klein was selected as the winner of the competition. She was the featured soloist in the Winter 2015 Concert Series performances.Esther Platt and Anna Epstein The 2013 winners, violinists Anna Epstein and Esther Aviana Platt, were featured soloists with the Youth Symphony during the 2013-2014 Concert Season.

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 receipt 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.