BSO 2019 Young Artist Concerto Competition

BSO 2019 Young Artist Concerto Competition

BSO 2019 Young Artist Concerto Competition

The BSO 2019 Young Artist Concerto Competition is open to all instruments and voice for young musicians, ages 12-21. The application deadline is October 26, 2018, and the competition will be held off-site December 8, 2018 at Parnassus School of Music in the Northup North Office Complex, 2320 130th Ave NE, Bldg. E Suite LL40, Bellevue.

Parnassus School of Music access instructions: The building will be open for arrivals at 4 pm. Enter through the building and take the elevator to the lower level. There are two waiting areas. Musicians who would like to warm up may do so either upstairs in the lobby area OR use one of the two practice rooms provided. Please note that ABSOLUTELY NO FOOD or DRINKS are allowed in any of the rooms.

The competition winner  must be available to perform with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra (BSO) on April 13 & 14, 2019 at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA). 

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.

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. Standard repertory works are encouraged, though rental works will be considered provided that applicants are willing to assume the costs of music rental if selected (this can average $400-$900 per concert set).

All applicants must have their works pre-approved for competition by Maestro Torres. 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 each Season. This person will receive publicity from Bainbridge Performing Arts 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.

QUESTIONS/REPERTORY APPROVAL: Maestro Mario Alejandro Torres at

2018 1st Place Winner – Phoebe Rawn, flute, Flute Fantaisie by Hüe
2018 2nd Place Winner – Carson Ling-Efird, cello, Sant-Saens Cello Concerto in A
2018 Honorable Mention – Owen Espinosa, piano, Ravel’s Concerto in G
2018 Honorable Mention – Adlai Erickson, cello, Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody
2017 Winner – Charlotte Marckx, violin, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, 1st movement
2016 Winner – Leah Deobald, piano, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37, 1st movement 
2015 Winner – Andrew Barnwell, piano, Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, 1st movement
2015 Runner Up – Shintaro Taneda, violin, Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, 1st movement
2014 Winner – Christopher Son Richardson, piano, Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 54, 1st movement
2013 Winner – Marianne Martinoli, violin, Julius Conus: Concerto for Violin in E minor