The Hartford Symphony Orchestra announces the 43rd Virtual Young Artists Competition 

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra announces the 43rd Virtual Young Artists Competition 

HARTFORD, CT (March 15, 2021) – The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce the 43rd Young Artists Competition! This year’s competition will be completely virtual. Students are invited to apply from March 15, 2021 through May 15, 2021 at 12 pm.   

To be eligible, students must be Connecticut residents in grades 9-12 during the2020-2021 academic year, cannot be a previous first place winner of the HSO’s Young Artists Competition and must play one of the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, saxophone, percussion, harp, piano, violin, viola, cello, bass, or guitar. 

The competition will take place in two rounds. The application/first round consists of an online application, a $50 nonrefundable application fee and the submission of two video performances of the applicant’s selected pieces. One piece must be a be a movement – or excerpt of a movement- of a concerto or similar large-scale work, and the second piece must be a work for solo, unaccompanied instrument. Each video should be a maximum of five minutes long, and must be a single-take, unedited video. The concerto movement must be recorded with live piano accompaniment – contestants are responsible for securing their own accompanists. The recorded works must represent contrasting music styles and all music should be memorized. Finalists will be notified by May 18, 2021. 

Contestants who advance to the final round will have the choice to submit a new recording of their concerto piece or to use their first-round video. Winners of the final round will be notified by June 4, 2021. More information about the competition, application, and important dates can be found here: https://hartfordsymphony.org/43rd-yac/  

Awards will be given to the top three finalists. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize, and the possibility of performing with members of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. The second and third-place winner will receive cash prizes of $750 and $500, respectively. The second and third-place winners may be featured in a performance on HSO To Go, the HSO’s online home for digital content.  

This year, scholarships are available to cover the application fee. If you are in need of financial assistance, please send a short essay (200 words maximum) explaining your situation to yac@hartfordsymphony.org and include “Scholarship” in the subject line. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is May 1, 2021. 

The 2020-2021 Young Artists Competition is sponsored by Jeffrey & Nancy Hoffman, Prize Underwriters of the Young Artists Competition. Additional support is provided by Hollis G. Dorman, Michelle Duffy and Robert H. Connell, the Acorn Alcinda Foundation, Rona B. Gollob, Wendy M. Haller, Laura R. Harris, Helen and Donald Hughlett, Claire and Jan Kennedy, Lois and Charles Koteen, Lois A. Muraro and Carl J. Elsishans, Dara K. Ribicoff and Diane and Gary Whitney. 

HSO programs are funded part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. 

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