Young Artist Competition

As of August 1, 2020, the 2020 YAC has been cancelled. Information on the 2021 YAC will be posted in the Fall of 2020. Thank you.

 

2020 YAC Info

 

Info about the new venue:

  • Auditionees will have 10 minutes prior to their audition time in a dressing room with a piano. There will not be warm-up rooms with pianos so please prepare with your accompanist prior to arrival.
  • Each auditionee will have access to a private warm-up room — a time will be given to you when you receive your audition time slot.
  • Parking at the DECC is $5

2020 Young Artist Competition and Hester Scholarship Auditions

Saturday, May 2, 2020 – DECC Symphony Hall starting at 1:30pm

Age/Instrument Requirements

  1. Meet age requirement: 18 or younger as of January 1, 2020
  2. Audition on orchestra instrument (including piano): Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Flute, Piccolo, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Harp, Percussion, Timpani, Piano, Saxophone

Applicants must live in the following counties in Minnesota or Wisconsin:
Minnesota Counties: Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Carlton, Cass, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Crow Wing, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Roseau, Sherburne, St. Louis, Stearns, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Wadena, Wilkin
Wisconsin Counties: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer, Washburn

Young Artist Competition Awards

  • First Place $500 and an opportunity to perform with the DSSO*
  • Second Place $250
  • Third Place $100

Audition Requirements

  1. Audition piece to be a single movement, not longer than 12 minutes, MEMORIZATION REQUIRED
  2. Orchestral accompaniment must be available for rental or purchase
  3. Provide your own accompanist
  4. Provide three copies of the score or piano accompaniment for the audition (one for each of the three adjudicators).  We will not photocopy music when you arrive for the audition

William Hester Scholarship Award

This  award was established in honor of William Hester, a greatly admired violinist, pianist, teacher, and former member of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.

  • $275 to go toward music studies or lessons

Audition Requirements:

  1. Must be a member of one of the higher two divisions of the DSSO’s Youth Ensembles (Concert Orchestra or Youth Symphony)
  2. The funds are to be used for private study
  3. Audition piece to be a single movement, not longer than 12 minutes, MEMORIZATION REQUIRED
  4. Provide your own accompanist
  5. Provide three copies of the score or piano accompaniment for the audition (one for each of the three adjudicators).  We will not photocopy music when you arrive for the audition

For Further Information & Application

info sheet

application (must be emailed)

emailed applications are required: hlord@dsso.com

Contact Heidi Lord @ Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra
218-623-3771 or hlord@dsso.com

*subject to the Music Director’s decision

First Place winners may audition in following years but are not eligible to win First Place again. Hester winners may also audition again, but are not eligible to win the Hester Scholarship again.

 

Congratulations to the 2019 Young Artist Competition Winners

1st Prize

  • Gabrielle Koepke, piano

2nd Prize

  • Austin Engelhardt, violin

3rd Prize

  • Eliana Lammi, piano

Hester Scholarship recipient

  • Mia Kracker, violin

 Thank you to all of our 2019 YAC participants!