43rd HSO Virtual Young Artists Competition

  • Key Dates

    Application Deadline Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 12:00PM

    • Finalists will be notified by Tuesday, May 18, 2021

    Final Round of Competition Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 12:00PM

    • Winners will be notified by Friday, June 4, 2021

    Please note—This year’s competition will be entirely virtual. Contestants must upload single-take (unedited) videos of each piece using our online form.

    Questions? Contact the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at yac@hartfordsymphony.org

  • Eligibility

    • Contestants must be Connecticut residents in grades 9-12 during the 2020-2021 academic year.
    • Previous first-place winners of HSO’s Young Artists Competition are not eligible.
    • Contestants must perform on one of the following instruments:
      • Flute
      • Oboe
      • Clarinet
      • Bassoon
      • Horn
      • Trumpet
      • Trombone
      • Tuba
      • Saxophone
      • Percussion
      • Harp
      • Piano
      • Violin
      • Viola
      • Cello
      • Bass
      • Guitar
  • Application Process

    Please review the following information before completing the online application form.

    Click here for the online application form. 

    Application deadline: All materials must be received by 12:00 PM (noon) on Saturday, May 15, 2021.

    Complete applications must include: 
    • Online application form 
    • Performance videos 
    • $50 non-refundable application fee (paypal link)


  • Judging

    First Round of Competition

    • Contestants must submit video recordings of (2) pieces.* Please review our video tips for recording your pieces. 
    • One piece must be a movement – or excerpt of a movement- of a concerto or similar large-scale work. The second piece must be a work for solo, unaccompanied instrument. 
    • Each piece should be a maximum of five (5) minutes. Please indicate measure numbers for any excerpts on your application form. 
    • Each recording (piece) must be unedited. Only single-take recordings will be considered. 
    • The recorded works must represent contrasting musical styles (e.g., Baroque and Contemporary). 
    • The larger work must be recorded with live piano accompaniment. Contestants are responsible for securing their own accompanists.
    • All music must be memorized. 

    * Repertoire selection is subject to approval by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

    Final Round of Competition

    • Contestants who advance to the Final Round will have the option to either submit new video recordings or to use their First Round videos.
    • All applicants must perform the work for solo, unaccompanied instrument indicated on the application.
    • All music must be memorized. 
  • Awards

    1st Place $1000

    2nd Place $750

    3rd Place $500

    The 1st Place winner may have the opportunity to perform with members of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. The 2nd and 3rd Place finalists may be featured in a performance on HSO To Go.

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