45th HSO Young Artists Competition

  • Key Dates

    • Application deadline Wednesday, February 1, 2023 
      • Early application deadline ThursdayDecember 15, 2022
    • Semi-Final Round of Competition Saturday, April 22, 2023 
      • Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Hartford 
    • Final Round of Competition Saturday, May 20, 2023  
      • Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Hartford 
  • Eligibility

    • Contestants must be Connecticut residents in grades 9-12 during the 2022-2023 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
  • Apply

    Complete applications must include: 
    • Online application form 
    • Performance videos 
    • $50 non-refundable application fee. $40 application fee if you apply by December 15, 2022.
    • Optional: headshot (no masks) and bio

    Click here to apply.

    Scholarships are available to cover the application fee.If you are in need of financial assistance, please email us at yac@hartfordsymphony.org and include “Scholarships” in the subject line.

    The Application Deadline is 5PM, February 1, 2023. Please note: we will be unable to accept any late applications.

  • Requirements

    First Round of Competition

    • Contestants must submit video recordings of two (2) pieces using the digital application form. Click here for tips about recording your videos. 
    • One piece must be a movement, or excerpt of a movement, of a concerto or similar large-scale work for solo instrument and orchestra.* The second piece should be an encore-style work for solo instrument that is no more than 5 minutes long. 
    • The concerto excerpt must be recorded with live piano accompaniment. Please contact us if you need assistance finding an accompanist. 
    • Each recording should be a maximum of five (5) minutes long. Please indicate appropriate measure numbers on your application.  
    • Each recording (piece) must be unedited. Only single-take recordings will be considered. 
    • All music must be memorized. 

    * Repertoire is subject to approval by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Please contact us if you have any questions. 

    Semi-Final Round of Competition 

    • Selected contestants must perform their entire concerto movement with piano accompaniment. 
    • You must perform the same concerto as you recorded for the First Round. 
    • The top five (5) contestants will advance to the Final Round on May 20.

    Final Round of Competition

    • Five Finalists will perform their concerto movement live with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. 
    • The top three winners will perform a solo encore piece (this must be the same piece you submitted for the First Round). 
    • The 1st Place winner will be offered an opportunity to perform with the HSO during the 2023-24 season. 
  • Awards

    1st Place $1000

    2nd Place $750

    3rd Place $500

  • Sponsors

    Thank you to our 2020-2021 Young Artist Competition Sponsors! 

    Jeffrey & Nancy Hoffman, Prize Underwriters of the Young Artists Competition

    With additional support from:

    Ruth Ann C. Davis
    Hollis G. Dorman
    Michelle Duffy and Robert H. Connell
    Acorn Alcinda Foundation 
    Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, in memory of Judy Weisman
    Rona B. Gollob
    Arnold & Beverly Greenberg
    Wendy M. Haller 
    Laura R. Harris 
    Helen and Donald Hughlett
    Claire and Jan Kennedy
    Lois and Charles Koteen
    Irene J. Loretto
    Lois A. Muraro and Carl J. Elsishans
    Katherine M. Papathanasis
    Mary and Frank Petras
    Dara K. Ribicoff 
    Joseph Spada
    Diane and Gary Whitney

  • FAQs

    Q: What qualifies as a “concerto movement” or “large-scale” work?

    A: Any piece that features a solo instrument with orchestral accompaniment.

    Q: Do I upload two separate videos for the concerto movement and solo works?

    A: Yes, please upload separate videos for each piece.

    Q: How should I label the video files?

    A: Clearly label your files in the following format: “Your Name, Title of Work” (including movement). For example, “Timothy Brown, Gershwin Concerto in F, First Mvmt.”

    Q: I’m having trouble uploading my application. What should I do?

    A: Please email yac@hartfordsymphony.org and we’ll be happy to assist you.

    Q: I don’t have an accompanist for my audition. What should I do?

    A: We’re happy to help you! Email us at yac@hartfordsymphony.org for further assistance.

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