Young Artist Competition


Ami Hatori, 2016 Winner

Download the 2017 Young Artist Competition Brochure here

Download the 2017 Young Artist Competition Application here

Eligibility: Students enrolled in grades 7 through 11 (sorry, no 12th graders) during the 2016-2017 school year who reside in the following eight counties in Pennsylvania: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York. Those who have entered our competition in the past are encouraged to compete again (past winners are excluded).

Music Selection: One movement of any concerto for solo instrument (including operatic voice) that is written with orchestral accompaniment. Competitors chosen for the finals are responsible for bringing their own piano accompanists.

Prize: First:$1,000

Timeline: Submit clearly recorded CDs or e-mail an MP3 to the Hershey Symphony Orchestra with an application form by Friday, Mar 10, 2017. Those selected for the finals will play before a panel of highly qualified professionals on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. The prize winners will be announced that evening. The first prize winner will perform with the Hershey Symphony Orchestra at the Hershey Theatre during the orchestra’s 2017-18 season which commences in the Fall 2017. Dr. Sandra Dackow, HSO Music Director, will arrange rehearsals with the winner.

To Apply: Complete the Young Artist Competition Application and submit with CD and application fee to Dr. Michael Rusli (Young Artist Competition Chairman) at 1162 Quail Hollow Road, Hummelstown, PA 17036. Email: Phone (717) 566-0460.

Applications must be received by Mar. 10, 2017.

An application fee of $35 is required with submission (check payable to Hershey Symphony Orchestra).


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