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Young Artist Competition

This is an invitation to compete in a prestigious concerto competition. Not only will the winner perform his/her concerto accompanied by the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, but he/she will also have the amazing experience of performing in the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts.

The CSO Young Artist Competition affords student musicians from Indiana the opportunity to compete with their peers at the highest level of artistic excellence. This year’s event marks the 36th year of competition – and the 41th Anniversary Season for the symphony!

The Carmel Symphony Orchestra is committed to enhancing our community’s quality of life through creative, artistically excellent performances and educational experiences for diverse audiences of all ages.

pdf Download (2.03 MB) the brochure for 2016-17 Young Artist Competition. 

See a list of past winners.

Entry Deadline
November 7 (postmark date)

Finalist Notification
November 21. Announced via email.

Final Competition
December 4. Competition held at Meridian Music School.

Performance Date
March 26 at the Palladium.

Up to and including Grade 12. Former winners are not eligible to compete. Runners-up are eligible to enter.

Residency Requirement
Applicant's legal residence must be within the state of Indiana.

Music Selection and Application
Selection must be one movement of a concerto or other work for piano or orchestral instrument, and must not exceed 15 minutes. The CSO reserves the right to make cuts as needed for the concert performance. Send a high quality CD (DVDs not permitted), a photocopy of the solo part, your entry form, and $25 fee to: Carmel Symphony Orchestra, 760 3rd Avenue SW, Suite 102, Carmel, IN 46032, postmarked no later than Monday, November 7. Finalists will be notified on November 21. Please clearly label CD with applicant’s name, title and movement of work, and length of work (in minutes). Be sure to check that the performance was recorded. Application CD must be with accompaniment. When applicable, long passages of accompaniment where soloist is not playing may be shortened or eliminated. We regret that CDs and photocopies are unable to be returned. Due to the number of entries received, we are unable to provide comments or feedback related to the preliminary round.

Final Competition

Following thorough review of the submitted entries and selection of finalists, the live competition finals will be held in the afternoon on Sunday, December 4. Winners will be announced that day. Audition times are assigned and will not be changed or adjusted by the CSO; however, finalists may mutually agree to change times with another contestant. All Final Competition performances MUST be from memory. Piano finalists will not have an opportunity to practice on the piano to be used in the final round.

A panel of judges comprised of outstanding teachers and performers will select the competition winner.

The winner will perform March 26, 2017 with the CSO at the Family Fun! concert at the Palladium. The student will also receive an award of $1,000, made possible by a generous sponsorship from Meridian Music, and six (6) complimentary tickets to the Family Fun! concert for his/her family. The winner must perform the same concerto movement that was performed in the competition, and must email a short biography and a color image of themselves in concert attire with their instrument no later than December 14.

The First Runner-Up will receive an award of $750, and the Second Runner-Up will receive an award of $500, both made possible by the CSO League.

Entry Fee
$25 (non-refundable). Please make check payable to the Carmel Symphony Orchestra. Mail to: 760 3rd Avenue SW, Suite 102, Carmel, IN 46032.

All final competition performances must be from memory.