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2023-24 JSO*YAC | Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition
64th Concerto Competition for Orchestral Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion

Round 1 Submission Deadline: Friday, September 29, 2023
Round 2 Live-Audition Competition: Saturday, January 6, 2024

We are now accepting applications for our 2023-24 concerto competition. The JSO*YAC amplifies the solo careers and musical talents of aspiring young artists, ages 23 and under, from national and international music institutions. Each year the instrumental focus changes; the 2023-24 cycle is for classical musicians performing a full concerto or similar repertoire for a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. 

The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra and YAC committee invite you to the Front Range of Colorado! Our competition — now in its 64th year — offers cash prizes and exceptional performance opportunities for rising musicians. 

  • Grand Prize - $5,000
  • Second Prize - $2,000 
  • Third Prize - $1,000

As the JSO*YAC Grand Prize winner, your awards include two spotlight performances: a solo chamber recital of your choice of literature and your concerto performance with the Jefferson Symphony during the 2023-24 Season.
  • Friday, April 5, 2024 — Young Artist Recital
  • Sunday, April 7, 2024 — Young Artist Concert
The top three finalists (Grand, Second, and Third Prize) perform in a Winners' Recital following the competition on Saturday, January 6, 2024. Each musician plays one movement/section of their repertoire for symphony patrons and attendees.

Round 1 is now open through September 29, 2023.
Visit our JSO*YAC info for full details. [Click here]
  • Friday, September 29, 2023: Round 1 submission deadline for application, audio and video recording, and registration fees via Acceptd.
    • All movements of your selected concerto must be uploaded via Acceptd by our Round 1 deadline.
    • Types of video files must be one of the following: MP4, M4V, AVI, FLV, MOV, WMV, MPG, MPEG, M2V, MKV, WEBM.
    • Your recorded piece must include audio and video of an entire concerto performance with accompaniment. Orchestral accompaniment and piano reductions with a collaborative pianist are both acceptable. 
    • Concerto submissions will be adjudicated by a panel of two judges.
    • Notifications will be sent by October 11, 2023, to all applicants and the twelve finalists selected for Round 2.
Round 2 is a live-audition competition with your collaborative pianist.
  • Saturday, January 6, 2024: all-day live finals and Winners' Recital at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, CO.
    • Each performance will be adjudicated by a panel of three judges. 
    • Competition results are announced in the afternoon. 
    • The Winners' Recital featuring the top three finalists is scheduled on that same Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m.
2024 Young Artist rehearsals and performances are scheduled for our season.
  • Thursday, April 4, through Sunday, April 7, 2024: Dress Rehearsals, Young Artist Recital, and Young Artist Concert with JSO.
  • Repertoire, full season info, and conductor TBA.

  • Visit our Young Artists Competition page for full guidelines and competition details. [Click here]
  • Contact our committee for any further questions. [Email]