Young Musicians

Musicians Challenge

Welcome to the Columbus Symphony Musicians Challenge! We invite you, the young musicians of central Ohio, to pick up your instrument and show us your skills! The purpose of the challenge is for all students to play the same piece of music but to show us how you make music your way!
  • Take the melody for Movement 2 in Dvořák’s 9th Symphony and make it your own! (change the key, jazz it up, alter the rhythm, etc…the sky is the limit!)
  • Record your video and post it to social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Use the hashtag #CSOMusicMyWay (Feel free to also tag the Columbus Symphony in your post!)
  • The Columbus Symphony will repost their favorite video each week and those musicians will receive concert tickets and Columbus Symphony merchandise!

So now’s the time to show us your skills! Grab your instrument and learn the melody to Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, Mvt. 2

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 concertmaster, Joanna Frankel, CSO soloists Shai Wosner & Jeffrey Kahane (piano), Bella Hristova (violin), Joshua Roman & Mark Kosower (cello) & Rachel Barton Pine (violin). All classes take place at the Ohio Theatre, Rehearsal Rm. 1 and are free and open to the public.

Natasha Paremski, piano - Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, 11 am
Augustin Hadelich, violin - Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, 11 am

Performers are selected through audition. For more details about these programs, please call (614) 221-4916.

2018 Young Musicians Competition 

February 4 & 11, 2018
The Ohio State University School of Music

The Young Musicians Competition provides an opportunity for central Ohio 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 Brandi Daramola

Registration Form available here

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

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 2017-18 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.