Young Musicians

2022 Winner 

Congratulations to Cecelia McVicker, whose cello performance took first place in the 2022 Young Musicians Competition. Cecilia performed Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1, Op. 33, Mvt. 3. Thirty-one students in grades 8-12 participated in the Concerto Division with three moving on to the finals. Other finalists were Joseph Lin, violin and Anna Linder, violin. The competition took place at the Capital University Conservatory of Music on January 22 & 23. 

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




 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 Division 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.


Wondering about what to play for the Competition? See our List of Repertoire Suggestions below! The timings included beside the titles distinguish which Division the piece would qualify for. The pieces listed are not required to participate in the Competition. 

List of Repertoire Suggestions

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 the start of the concert. All participants receive two complimentary tickets to that evening’s Columbus Symphony concert.


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


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 masterclasses 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.