Young Musicians

2017 Young Musicians Competition 

The Young Musicians Competition provides an opportunity for students in grades 3-12 to perform for professional feedback from Columbus Symphony Orchestra musicians and collegiate faculty from around Central Ohio. The winner of the Concerto Competition will be the recipient of a $500 award generously donated by the Women's Association of the CSO. Students who place high in the divisions may also have the opportunity to perform in the Ohio Theatre lobby prior to Columbus Symphony Classical Series concerts. 

For more information on the Young Musicians Competition, please call 614-221-5650 or email 

2017 Winner

The winner of the 2017 Concerto Competition is Abhik Mazumder who performed Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Mvt. 1. He was accompanied on piano by Suzanne Newcomb. Abhik performed his winning concerto with the Columbus Symphony on Wednesday, April 5 as part of the CSO's Young People's Concert, The Symphony Unplugged

Master Classes

The Columbus Symphony’s Master Classes offer exceptional artists the opportunity to share their insight and inspiration with the community’s most talented young musicians. Past master classes have been conducted by CSO soloists Shai Wosner & Jeffrey Kahane (piano), Bella Hristova (violin), Joshua Roman (cello) & Rachel Barton Pine (violin). All classes are free and open to the public.

2018 Master Classes

Natasha Paremski, piano - January 2018
Augustin Hadelich, violin - February 2018

For more details about these programs, please call (614) 221-4916.

Columbus Symphony Recommends...

Do you play an instrument and wish to come to a Columbus Symphony concert where you could hear that instrument playing in a classical selection or highlighted during the concert? CLICK HERE to see our 11"X17" poster listing instrument-specific recommendations for concerts not to be missed. Would you like a poster sent to your school or place of business? Contact the education department at

For Families

Concerts for Kids                                Popcorn Pops

Young Musicians Showcase

If you’ve ever come early to a Columbus Symphony Classical Series concert, you’ve probably seen some of our talented young musicians at work! Young musicians from the central Ohio area are given the opportunity to gain valuable experience by performing in the Galbreath Pavilion before every Classical Series concert. Performers include those who place at a high level in the CSO Young Musicians Competition, students of CSO musicians, & select CSYO musicians. The Young Musician’s Showcase begins approximately one hour prior to start of the concert. All participants receive two complimentary tickets to that evening’s Columbus Symphony concert.’

For the Community

Community Concerts

Is your music booster group looking for a great fundraiser?

Community Concerts are a great way to bring a professional Columbus Symphony performance to your neighborhood while raising funds for your organization. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is available for concerts, private events and educational dates designed to accommodate your organizational preferences.

Options include full orchestra or smaller ensembles, varying repertoire, and guest artist opportunities.

For additional information, please call (614) 221-4916.