44th HSO Young Artists Competition

  • Key Dates

    Application Deadline: Monday, January 31, 2022

    Final Round of Competition: Date and location TBD

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

  • Eligibility

    • Contestants must be Connecticut residents in grades 9-12 during the 2021-2022 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

    Click here for the online application form.

    Application deadline: All materials must be received by 12:00 PM (noon) on Monday, January 31, 2022.

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

    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 Friday, January 14, 2022.

  • Requirements

    First Round of Competition

    • Contestants must submit video recordings of (2) pieces.* 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. 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 concerto movement 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

    • Final Round of Competition—The Final Round will be held live in Spring 2022.
  • 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.

  • 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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