About the 2017 Young Artist Competition

  • Tannenwald applicants must have a date of birth after May 7, 1987 and before May 7, 1998, and must be able to audition after 12:00 noon on May 6, 2017.

  • Wood applicants must have a date of birth after May 7, 1998, and must be able to audition during the morning of May 6, 2017.

  • Each entrant must provide the contest committee with biographical information as requested on the application form.

  • A non-refundable application fee of $40 must be received no later than 1 week after the application is submitted. If you are unable to make an on-line payment, please contact our Coordinator .

  • Applications are due on or before April 9, 2017. Application period may be closed earlier if all auditions have been secured.

  • A limited number of auditions will be assigned in order of receipt of the applications. The audition schedule will be created when all audition slots have been filled. The contest committee makes all attempts to honor preferred times marked on the application.

  • Subsequent applicants will be put on a wait list. Vacancies will be filled by wait list applicants who have availability at the time of the vacancy.

  • The competition committee will return application fees if the audition schedule is filled, or if, in its judgment, the applicant does not have sufficient experience to qualify for the competition.

  • Contestants are expected to perform works of their choice, as indicated in advance on their applications. These selections must be solos (or excerpted solos) for instrument or voice with orchestral and/or choral accompaniment. The contestant must select the work(s) to perform by April 29, 2017.

  • During the audition, the contestant will be expected to perform the selections with an accompanist. Performances before the judges must be 12 minutes or shorter in duration. 

  • The contestants must provide their own accompanists. A list of known local accompanists is available upon request.

  • Contestants will be judged upon musicianship and quality of performance.

  • One First Prize winner will be selected in each of the two categories: 

    • The Peter E. Tannenwald Young Artist Performance Award winner will receive a prize of $1000 upon performing with a Philharmonic Society performing organization during its 2017-2018 season.  A $650 Second prize and a $350 Third prize will also be awarded in this competition. 

    • The Leonard D. Wood Award winner will receive a prize of $500 and, at the discretion of the Society’s musical directors, may be asked to perform with the orchestra or chorus.  A $350 Second prize and a $150 Third Prize will be awarded in the Wood Award category.

  • Contestants will not have access to the audition site prior to the day of the auditions.

  • Contestants will be notified of the judges’ decisions not later than one week after the auditions.