Young Musicians

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 Natasha Paremski & Shai Wosner (piano), Bella Hristova (violin), Joshua Roman & Mark Kosower (cello) & Rachel Barton Pine (violin). 

The public is invited to attend Master Classes at no cost. Performers are selected through recorded submissions. For more details about these programs, please call (614) 221-4916.

2020 Young Musicians Competition 

Grades 3-12

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 the Lois H. Allen Concerto Prize in the amount of $1,000, generously donated by the Friends of the Symphony. Students who place high in the divisions may also have the opportunity to perform in the Ohio Theatre lobby prior to Columbus Symphony Masterworks concerts.

2020 Winner

Congratulations to Cecilia Martin, whose violin performance took first place in the 2020 Young Musicians Competition. Cecilia performed the 3rd movement of Mendelssohn's Concerto in E Minor, Opus 64. Twenty-one students in grades 8-12 participated in the Concerto Division with three moving on to the finals. Other finalists were Mathias Koo, violin and Anna Linder, violin. The competition took place at the Capital University Conservatory of Music on February 1 & 2. 

Cecilia will perform her winning concerto with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at a future concert in the Ohio Theatre. 

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 2019-2020 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

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 Families

Concerts for Kids            Popcorn Pops

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.