BSO 2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition

BSO 2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the 1st Place Winner of the BSO’s 2016 Young Artist Concerto Competition – Leah Deobald, piano, who performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37, 1st movement. Adrian Steele, violin, was awarded 2nd Place for performance of Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, 1st movement, and Kyran Adams, piano, was awarded 3rd Place for performance of Liszt’s Hungarian Fantasy. Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra Music Director Wesley Schulz congratulates all participants in the BSO’s 2016 Young Artist Concerto Competition, saying, “It takes hundreds of hours, and months of dedication, stamina, and endurance to prepare for and participate in a competition such as ours.” 

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra will hold the 2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition January 8, 2017, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Download and complete the 2017 application here. Applications must be postmarked by December 15, 2016!

The competition is open to all instruments (instrumental and vocal) for young musicians ages 12-21. The winner of the competition will have the opportunity to perform with Maestro Schulz and the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra on June 2 & 4, 2017.

All instruments, including strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, harp and voice, are welcome to audition.
Applicants should be between the ages of 12 and 21 years old as of the competition date.
Applicants need not be residents of Bainbridge Island.

Works should be between 5 and 20 minutes in length.

Acceptable works include a movement from a multi-movement concerto or single movement solo works that meet the time requirements. Duos and trios are not permitted. Maestro Schulz has final say on what works are permissible for competition. We encourage musicians to audition with standard repertory works, however, rental works are permitted as long as competitors are willing to assume the cost (rental works average $400-900).

All applicants must have their works pre-approved for competition by Maestro Schulz. This step is required to ensure feasibility by the BSO in regards to personnel, music procurement and preparation. 

Music must be memorized. 

Accompaniment is required.

There is an audition time limit of 10 minutes. Cuts are permissible and will have no negative impact on the judge’s evaluation. Mark any cuts clearly in the scores (i.e. orchestra tutti’s). Applicants must present two copies of the score for use by the judges (photocopies are permissible). These will be returned. Please number your measures and mark cuts.

The application fee is non-refundable after the application due date.

One winner will be chosen to perform with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra during their 2016 - 2017 Season. This person will receive publicity from Bainbridge Performing Arts, the opportunity to work with Maestro Schulz, and the privilege of performing with the BSO. The judges may designate a runner-up and/or honorable mention at their discretion. In the event a suitable winner cannot be determined, the judges reserve the right to declare no winner. All competitors will receive written comments from the judges.


Winner of the BSO’s 2015 Young Artist Concerto Competition was Andrew Barnwell, piano, age 17 from Mercer Island, who performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, 1st movement. Shintaro Taneda, violin, was awarded Runner Up for his performance of Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, 1st movement. The judges also announced three Honorable Mentions, which were given to Kyran Park Adams (piano), who played Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2, 1st movement, Bhavani Kotha (oboe) for her presentation of Mozart’s Oboe Concerto, K. 314, and Caitlyn McConnell (voice) for Mozart’s Exsultate jubilate.