Young Artists Competition


The 2017 Young Artists Competition took place on January 21st at Dana Auditorium at Queens University of Charlotte.

 

Senior Division

Grand Prize (and Youth Festival soloist*)
Drew Dansby, cello
Alan Wang, piano
Senior Winners
Hannah Duke, piano
Jamie Lee, flute
Austin Cantrell, marimba
Runners Up
Michael Xing, piano
 

Junior Division

Grand Prize (and CSYO Spring Concert soloist)**
Caroline Smoak, violin
Olivia Yang, piano
Junior Winners
Angelina Ning, piano
Patrick Negus, violin
 
Runners Up
Daniel Tse, piano
Brian Zhan, violin

 * Senior Division Grand Prize Winner performance with the Charlotte Symphony at the 30th Annual Youth Festival March 15, 2017
 
** Junior Division Grand Prize Winner performance with the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra at its Spring Concert May 14, 2017


 

The 2017 Young Artists Competition will be held Saturday, January 21st at Queens University of Charlotte. 

The Young Artists Competition is our oldest project, and is a concerto competition in the categories of piano, winds, strings, and percussion for area student musicians, grades 7 through 12. It was established in 1955 in partnership with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

The Senior grand prize winner performs with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra at The Guild's annual Youth Festival, and cash awards are given to the winners. The Junior grand prize winner performs with the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra at their spring concert.

Registeration is closed. Please check back for updates. 

 

Awards

Seniors: Contestants will compete in one of four categories: keyboards, strings, winds or percussion. A panel of judges will adjudicate the soloists and a Section Winner and Runner-Up will be chosen from each category, if applicable. Section Winners will receive a monetary prize of $125. Runners-Up will receive no monetary prize.
 
Grand Prize Winners: Two contestants will be chosen as Grand Prize Winners. Grand Prize Winners will not be selected from the Section Winners, but chosen as the two best overall competitors from all applicants in the Senior Division. The judges will not select two Grand Prize Winners who play the same instrument. The Grand Prize Winners will not receive a monetary prize, but will both be asked perform in the Youth Festival Concert with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in early 2017.
 
Juniors: Contestants will compete in one of four categories: keyboards, strings, winds or percussion. A panel of judges will adjudicate the soloists and a Section Winner and Runner-Up will be chosen from each category, if applicable. Section Winners will receive a monetary prize of $75. Runners-Up will receive no monetary prize.
 
Grand Prize Winners: Two contestants will be chosen as Grand Prize Winners. Grand Prize Winners will not be selected from the Section Winners, but chosen as the two best overall competitors from all applicants in the Junior Division. The judges will not select two Grand Prize Winners who play the same instrument. The Grand Prize Winners will not receive a monetary prize, but will both be asked perform in the CSYO Spring Concert in Spring 2017. 
 
Note: Soloists will be chosen only if the judges feel that the contestant has the ability to perform with the appropriate orchestra.   



Qualifications
 
You are eligible to enter the competition if your permanent home address is in Mecklenburg or contiguous Counties (Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Union in NC and Lancaster, York in SC). Current CSYO and JYO members are welcome to apply regardless of which county they reside in.
 
Senior Division: Open to 10th, 11th and 12th grade students.
 
Junior Division: Open to 7th, 8th and 9th grade students.
 
Grand prize winners from previous years are not eligible to compete in the same division. Entrants may compete on only one instrument each year.
 
The music selection must be memorized for competition and must be at least five but no longer than ten minutes in length unless pre-approved. Please email Mike Rutledge by October 31, 2016 at here if your selection does not meet this criteria.

Entrant must supply his/her own accompanist and provide 3 music copies with measures numbered for the judges. No recorded accompaniment permitted.


Repertiore

Please choose your repertoire from the approved selections available

Repertoire substitution requests are strongly discouraged by the Charlotte Symphony and will only be made on a limited and case by case basis. The deadline for all repertoire approvals is October 31, 2016. Please email Mike Rutledge here with any questions.
 


 How to Enter

Please read all information above and then complete the application form and submit the $35 entry fee to by clicking
Registeration is now closed. Please check back for updates. 
 
There will be up to 30 audition positions open in the Junior Division and 30 audition positions open in the Senior Division. Applications will be filled by the date of online application completion.  An entry fee of $35.00 must accompany each application. In the event that your division is already filled you will be notified and your entry fee will be refunded. 
 
Early registration is encouraged.
 
Deadlines:
Repertoire must be approved by
October 31, 2016
Online Application must be completed by
December 31, 2016
Scheduling requests must be made by
January 4, 2017
 
If you have any scheduling requests, please email Mike Rutledge here.

The week prior to the competition, entrant will be notified of his/her exact performance time.
 

 
The 2016 Young Artists Competition took place on January 30th at Dana Auditorium at Queens University of Charlotte.

Senior Division

Grand Prize (and Youth Festival soloist*)
Emma Saba, piano
Senior Winners
Emma Saba, piano
Daniel Chabeda, viola
Therese Mendoza, flute
Runners Up
Florence Liu, piano
Zach McMillan, double bass

Junior Division

Grand Prize (and CSYO Spring Concert soloist)**
Santiago Matute, piano
Junior Winners
Santiago Matute, piano
Caroline Smoak, violin
 
Runners Up
Alan Wang, piano
Gabija Zilinskaite, violin

 * Senior Division Grand Prize Winner performance with the Charlotte Symphony at the 29th Annual Youth Festival February 10, 2016
 
** Junior Division Grand Prize Winner performance with the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra at its Spring Concert May 15, 2016