Rossen Milanov, Music Director

Next Event:

Mozart’s Mass in C minor

May 24, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Young Musicians

Thursday, May 2, 2024 | 6PM | Ohio Theater-Rehearsal Room 1  

Thursday, May 2, 2024 | 6PM | Ohio Theater-Rehearsal Room 1  

Thursday, May 16, 2024 | 6PM | Ohio Theater-Rehearsal Room 1  

The public is invited to attend Master Classes at no cost.

The Young Musicians Competition provides an opportunity for students in grades 3-12 to perform for professional feedback from Columbus Symphony musicians and collegiate faculty from around central Ohio.


The Competition comprises three different divisions: Junior Division, Senior Division, and 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 performances.


Application fees will be due at the time of registration. Fees can be sent via mail. Performance times will be sent the week of February 12, 2024. If you do not receive your time by this deadline, contact the Education Programs Coordinator.

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 teachers to participate in this division. All participants will receive certificates and comment sheets from judges.


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


Each competitor’s preliminary video will be evaluated, and all participants will receive award certificates and comment sheets from the judges. The finalists will be notified by Friday, February 9, and will be assigned a time slot for the in-person Competition Finals on Saturday, March 2, 2024. 

Preliminary Round Video Submission Requirements

In-Person Final Performance Requirements

This Division is intended for musicians in grades 9-12. Participants receive feedback on their performance 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. 

This Division is intended for musicians in grades 3-8. Participants receive feedback on their performance 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.