Young Artists Competition

The Young Artists Competition is under construction for 2018-2019.
Please check back here in summer 2019.

The 2018 Young Artists Competition took place on February 4th at Dana Auditorium at
Queens University of Charlotte.



Grand Prize Winners

Caroline Smoak-Violin Christopher Saba-Piano

Category Winners

Strings: Gabija Zilinskaite, Winner
           Brian Zhan, Runner-Up
Piano: Florence Liu, Winner
                      Daniel Carter, Runner-Up
Winds: Jamie Lee, Flute
Percussion: Connor May Kelly, Harp

Registration is closed for the 2018 competition. 
The 2018 Young Artists Competition will be held Sunday, February 4th at Queens University of Charlotte. 

The Young Artists Competition is our oldest project, and is a concerto competition in the categories of piano, winds, strings, and percussion for area student musicians, grades 9 through 12. It was established in 1955 in partnership with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

The Senior grand prize winner will be awarded $500 each and will perform with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and cash awards are given to the section winners. 



Section WInners: Contestants will compete in one of four categories: keyboards, strings, winds or percussion. A panel of judges will adjudicate the soloists and a Section Winner and Runner-Up will be chosen from each category, if applicable. Section Winners will receive a monetary prize of $125. Runners-Up will receive no monetary prize.
Grand Prize Winners: Two contestants will be chosen as Grand Prize Winners. Grand Prize Winners will not be selected from the Section Winners, but chosen as the two best overall competitors from all applicants in the Senior Division. The judges will not select two Grand Prize Winners who play the same instrument. The Grand Prize Winners will will be awarded $500 each and will be asked to perform with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra at a to be determined concert in 2018. 
Note: Soloists will be chosen only if the judges feel that the contestant has the ability to perform with the appropriate orchestra.   

You are eligible to enter the competition if your permanent home address is in Mecklenburg or contiguous Counties (Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Union in NC and Lancaster, York in SC). Current CSYO and JYO members are welcome to apply regardless of which county they reside in.
Open to 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students.
The competition is not open to 7th or 8th graders this year. 
Grand prize winners from previous years are not eligible to compete in the same division. Entrants may compete on only one instrument each year.
The music selection must be memorized for competition and must be at least five but no longer than ten minutes in length unless pre-approved. Please email Victoria Gilmore by November 30, 2017 at here if your selection does not meet this criteria.

Entrant must supply his/her own accompanist and provide 3 music copies with measures numbered for the judges. No recorded accompaniment permitted.


Please choose your repertoire from the approved selections available

Repertoire substitution requests are strongly discouraged by the Charlotte Symphony and will only be made on a limited and case by case basis. The deadline for all repertoire approvals is November 30, 2017. Please email Victoria Gilmore here with any questions.

 How to Enter

Please read all information above and then complete the application form and submit the $35 entry fee to by clicking
There will be up to 30 audition positions open. Applications will be filled by the date of online application completion.  An entry fee of $35 must accompany each application. In the event that the competition is already filled you will be notified and your entry fee will be refunded. 
Early registration is encouraged.
Repertoire must be approved by
November 30, 2017
Online Application must be completed by
December 31, 2017
Scheduling requests must be made by
January 4, 2018
If you have any scheduling requests, please email Victoria Gilmore here.

The week prior to the competition, entrant will be notified of his/her exact performance time.

The 2017 Young Artists Competition took place on January 21st at Dana Auditorium at Queens University of Charlotte.

Senior Division

Grand Prize (and Youth Festival soloist*)
Drew Dansby, cello
Alan Wang, piano
Senior Winners
Hannah Duke, piano
Jamie Lee, flute
Austin Cantell, marimba
Runners Up
Michael Xing, piano

Junior Division

Grand Prize (and CSYO Spring Concert soloist)**
Caroline Smoak, violin
Olivia Yang, piano
Junior Winners
Angelina Ning, piano
Patrick Negus, violin
Runners Up
Daniel Tse, piano
Brian Zhan, violin

 * Senior Division Grand Prize Winner performance with the Charlotte Symphony at the 30th Annual Youth Festival March 15, 2017
** Junior Division Grand Prize Winner performance with the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra at its Spring Concert May 14, 2017