Young Musicians

 

2023 YOUNG MUSICIANS COMPETITION 

Saturday, January 28, 2023 - Sunday, January 29, 2023

 

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 Competition is comprised of three different divisions: the Junior Division, the Senior Division, and the Concerto Division. The Junior and Senior Divisions are non-competitive, and participants receive professional feedback on their performance and musicianship. The Concerto Division is competitive and the winner 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.

 

Deadline to register is Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Application fees will be due at time of registration. Fees can be sent online or via mail. Performance times will be sent by January 20th, 2023. If you do not recevie your time by this deadline, contact the Education Programs Manager. 

 Register Here

 

Competition Division Details

Junior Division (non-competitive)

This Division is intended for musicians in grades 3-8. Participants to receive feedback on their peformance from musical professionals. No prize is awarded. All participants will receive certificates and comment sheets from judges. Participants who earn the highest ratings may be invited to perform as part of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra's Young Musicians Showcase.

Applicants are to prepare a solo piece from a standard work or etude that is no longer than 10 minutes. Participants must provide their own accompanists for pieces requiring accompaniment. 

Application Fee: $40.00

2023 Competition Performance Details:

Woodwind, Brass, Piano, Percussion, & Harp - Saturday, January 28, 2023. Applicants receive performance time between 10am-4pm. 

Strings - Sunday, January 29, 2023. Applicants receive performance time between 10am-4pm.

 

Senior Division (non-competitive)

This Division is intended for musicians in grades 9-12. Participants to receive feedback on their peformance from musical professionals. No prize is awarded. All participants will receive certificates and comment sheets from judges. Participants who earn the highest ratings may be invited to perform as part of our Young Musicians Showcase.

Applicants are to prepare a single instrument solo piece from a standard work or etude (such as OMEA Class A or B; upper level Guild or OFMC), that is no longer than 15 minutes. Participants must provide their own accompanists for pieces requiring accompaniment. 

Application Fee: $40.00

2023 Competition Performance Details:

Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Piano, Percussion, & Harp - Saturday, January 28, 2023. Applicants receive performance time between 10am-4pm. 

 

Concerto Division (competitive)

This Division is intended for musicians in grades 8-12. The winner of the Concerto Division will be the recipient of the Lois H. Allen Award in the amount of $1,000 donated by the Friends of the Symphony. Musicians must receive approval from their private teacher to participate in this division. All participants will receive certificates and comment sheets from judges. 

Applicants are to prepareone movement from a standard solo work with orchestral accompaniment (performed in both rounds with piano accompaniment). Selections must be in public domain and be no longer than 15 minutes. Applicants must provide their own accompanists. 

Application Fee: $50.00

2023 Competition Performance Details:

Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Piano, Percussion, & Harp Preliminary Round - Saturday, January 28, 2023. Applicants receive performance time between 10am-4pm. Musicians will be notified the evening of January 28 if they advance to the Final Round. 

Final Round* - Sunday, January 29, 2023, 4pm

*Applicants must be available for the Final Round when registering for the Concerto Division

 

Learn more about division performance details by viewing our Brochure below!

YMC 2023 Brochure

 

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

 

Questions? Contact Education Programs Manager, Madison Hookfin, at mhookfin@columbussymphony.com

 

Young Musicians Showcase

If you’ve ever come early to a Columbus Symphony Masterworks 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 information please contact Education Programs Manager, Madison Hookfin at mhookfin@columbussymphony.com

 

2022-2023 Season 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).

 

Bella Hristova-Violin 

Saturday, January 7, 2023
10:30am - 11:30am
Ohio Theater-Rehearsal Room 1 

 

Apply Here 

 

David Thomas-Clarinet 

Thursday, February 16, 2023 
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ohio Theater-Rehearsal Room 1 
 

Apply Here 

 

Zhu Wang-Piano

Saturday, May 6, 2023 
10:30am - 11:30am
Ohio Theater-Rehearsal Room 1 

 

Apply Here 

 

The public is invited to attend Master Classes at no cost. Performers are selected through recorded submissions. For more information or audition to perform please fill our our application here.