Young Artists Competition

1965 – Young Artists Linda Blackwood, piano, and David Rosenboom, violin, with trombonist Dr. Guy Tourney and conductor Harold Bauer.

1965 – Young Artists Linda Blackwood, piano, and
David Rosenboom, violin, with trombonist Dr. Guy Tourney and conductor Harold Bauer.

Since 1953, the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association has sponsored a competition for young musicians. The purpose of the competition is to give outstanding high school musicians the opportunity to perform as a concert soloist, accompanied by a symphony orchestra. Such a performance can be a springboard for a young person to choose a lifelong commitment to the arts. The contest winners receive special publicity which can improve their scholarship opportunities as they move on to higher education. The annual Young Artists Concert rewards excellence in musicianship and enriches not just the performer, but also the audience and orchestra members.

“There are so many wonderful young musicians in the area who should take advantage of this competition. Often, musicians do not enter because of the many other priorities and activities in their busy lives as teenagers,” says Jane Polett, general manager of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association. “It is important for them to realize that the opportunity to be a soloist with a symphony orchestra is extremely uncommon. Any former winner would tell them that the hard work and time commitment to prepare the concert piece was well worth it.”

The competition is open to current 10th-12th graders who attend school within a 70 mile radius of Quincy.  The Young Artists Competition is sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency through the National Endowment for Arts.

Area instrumentalists and vocalists in grades 10 through 12 are invited to participate in the 63rd Annual Young Artists Competition on Saturday, December 16, 2017. The winner(s) of this regional contest will have the opportunity to perform as a guest soloist with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 3:00pm in the QJHS Morrison Theater.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

Application forms and competition rules and procedures are available below or by calling the Symphony Office at 217/222-2856.

Annual Young Artist Competition Downloads

Young Artist Application 2017 (PDF – Updated July 2017)

Young Artist Requirements 2017 (PDF Updated July 2017)