BSO 2018 Young Artist Concerto Competition

BSO 2018 Young Artist Concerto Competition

BSO 2018 Young Artist Concerto Competition

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the 1st Place Winner of the BSO’s 2018 Young Artist Concerto Competition – Phoebe Rawn (flute) for her performance of Flute Fantaisie by Hüe. The 2018 1st Place Winner is unavailable to perform this season but we are pleased to present the 2nd Place Winner Carson Ling-Efird in a performance of  Sant-Saens Cello Concerto in A, Movements II and III with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra on April 14 & 15.

“It has been a true pleasure to hear so many talented and capable young musicians over the years. Everyone has displayed solid musicianship, careful preparation, and great confidence. It takes hundreds of hours, and months of dedication, stamina, and endurance to prepare for and participate in a competition such as ours.” - Wesley Schulz, BSO Music Director, April 2011 - December 2017

The 2019 Young Artist Concerto Competition is TBD at Bainbridge Performing Arts. The competition is open to all instruments (instrumental and vocal) for young musicians ages 12-21. 

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. The BSO Music Director 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 the BSO Music Director. 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.


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