Young Artists Competition 2025

      2025 Applications will be open on September 15, 2024
The Symphony Guild of Charlotte, Inc. is pleased to announce its Young Artists Competition for 2024 - 2025.
This concerto competition for area secondary school musicians, ages 12 - 18, was created in 1955 in partnership with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and is The Guild's oldest project. Please direct any inquiries to

How does it work?
  • The competition consists of two phases -- a preliminary round via YouTube video submissions, and a final round via live performance. Both components are adjudicated by the same panel of judges selected from the Carolinas region
  • Applicants submit an artistic statement of 500 - 750 words
  • There are two Divisions -- Orchestral Instruments and Open (keyboards, guitar, voice, or any other non-orchestra instrument for which there is symphonic accompaniment available)
Who is eligible?
  • Geography: permanent home address in Mecklenburg or contiguous counties (Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Union in North Carolina, and Lancaster and York in South Carolina)
  • Age (as of June 1, 2024):
    • Advanced Level:  ages 12 - 18
    • Intermediate Level: ages 12 - 15
    • Only students who have not yet graduated from high school are eligible
  • Former Grand Prize winners are not eligible to compete in the same level. Entrants may compete on only one instrument each year.
What is the cost?  $40 per application*

How to enter:  Admissions Portal Opens September 15
Please read all the information provided including Eligibility, Entry Instructions, and Awards. Complete the application form (link available 9/15), including the online links to the two required segments listed below and submit the $40 entry fee where indicated.

Entry Videos
All applicants are required to record a video performance segment which must be recorded in one take with no editing (though you may select the best of several takes). All videos must be recorded within three months of the application deadline. The solo piece can be any work, movement/section of a longer work from the approved repertoire list which will be a minimum of 5, and no more than 10, minutes in duration. A work with piano accompaniment, where applicable, is strongly preferred. All music must be memorized.

Artistic Statement: Submit a written artistic statement with your application, uploaded as a PDF file with your application. The artistic statement should be between 500 and 750 words in length.

Please refer to our Video and Written Statement Guidelines for additional information and suggestions for both musical and written submissions.

What is the timeline?
June 15, 2024                     Website launch, includes repertoire listing, submittal overview, and how-to's
September 15, 2024         Repertoire, if other than listed, approval deadline
September 15, 2024         Application webpage opens
November 15, 2024          Online application and musical submission closes, judging begins
December 20, 2024          Judges complete selection of 6 finalists from each Level, representing both Divisions
January 10, 2025               All category finalists will be notified
February 15, 2025             Final round to select Award winners

Awards:  Finalists and award winners will be chosen at the sole discretion of the judges.

Advanced Level:
  • Grand Prize winner (1): may be selected from both Divisions - $500 cash; solo performance with Charlotte Symphony venue TBD
  • Honorable Mention winner (2): one may be selected from each Division - $250 cash; program acknowledgment at a venue TBD
Intermediate Level:
  • Grand Prize winner (1): may be selected from both Divisions - $250 cash; program acknowledgment at a venue TBD
  • Honorable Mention winner (1): may be selected from both Divisions - $125 cash; program acknowledgment at a venue TBD
Artistic Statement (2)
  • One selected from each Level - $100 cash
Repertoire: (Approved repertoire here)
  • While the published repertoire list is presented as a guide for applicants, we also welcome classical selections not found on the list. These would need approval from the Charlotte Symphony, as the winner of the Competition will play with the symphony later in the year.
  • Music must be memorized for both phases; at least five, but no longer than ten, minutes in length unless pre-approved
  • Accompanist required where applicable
*The Symphony Guild of Charlotte supports every young musician's participation in the Young Artists Competition. If there are barriers to anyone's participation, we ask for the opportunity to assist in removing those barriers, if possible. Please contact us at; we are happy to help.