Young Artists Competition

60th Annual Young Artists Competition

The Young Artist Competition is held annually to promote and encourage talented student musicians across the region. Young musicians may compete in one of nine divisions. A jury of regional professional musicians evaluates the competitors. Up to two musicians are selected to perform with the Mid-Columbia Symphony. There will be cash prizes in each category. For information about the Young Artist Competition, contact the Symphony office at (509) 943-6602.

2020 Young Artists Competition

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When: January 25, 2020
Where: Shalom United Church of Christ (505 McMurray St, Richland, WA)
Time: TBD

Awards directly following the competition. Two overall winners will perform with the Symphony at the concert in March.

Applying To Compete

Application form: Print the Application Form and mail it in with a non-refundable $50 fee to the Mid-Columbia Symphony office at 1177 Jadwin Ave, Richland, WA 99352. Forms are also available at the Mid-Columbia Symphony office.

Application deadline: January 12, 2020
Application fee: $50 (non-refundable)

Eligibility: Instrumental students from Kindergarten through Grade 12 who reside in the Mid-Columbia area of Washington and Oregon. This area includes the Washington counties of Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla, Adams, Grant, Columbia, Klickitat, and Yakima and the Oregon counties of Umatilla and Morrow.

Past Winners: Overall winners who have performed with the Symphony are ineligible to win in the same division again, but they may apply with a different instrument or age category. Previous division winners who have not performed with the Symphony may enter again in the same division.


(to determine proper division, the competitor’s grade must be as of the date of the competition) Performer may choose to play piano, string or other instrument (wind, brass, percussion.)

Primary Division: Grades K to 5
Intermediate Division: Grades 6 to 8
Senior Division: Grades 9 to 12


Performers should choose music from classical concert literature. Each young artist has 12 minutes to perform. Movements may be abridged to fit the time limit for the competition. All music must be performed from memory.

Competition & Judging Procedure

The competition will be held at Shalom United Church of Christ in Richland, WA.

Copies of the music should be provided to the judges at the competition: an original copy, with any notated cuts, and two photocopies. Judges will look for expressive ability, empathy of musical style, faithfulness to specific indications of the work (tempo, dynamics, phrasing) and technical security.

Winners may be selected in each of the divisions, but the judges are not obligated to choose a winner in any division. Division winners, as well as two overall winners from different divisions, will be announced at the award ceremony.

The two overall winners will perform with the Mid-Columbia Symphony at the concert in March. Overall winners will be awarded a monetary prize.

No recording (audio or visual) is allowed during competition or during the subsequent Symphony performance. Attendance at the competition is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Mid-Columbia Symphony office: (509) 943-6602 or by using our form on the Contact page.

Previous Young Artists Competition Winners

2019 Overall Winners:

Anastasia Crosier

Joshua Wu

2019 Division Winners:
Thomas Kaminsky, Senior Winds
Izzabella Evangelista, Senior Piano
Anastasia Crosier, Senior Strings
Audrey Xu, Intermediate Piano
Eduardo Muniz, Intermediate Strings
Joshua Wu, Primary Strings

2015 Overall Winners:
Grant Bender
Nathan Hu

2015 Division Winners:
Grant Bender, Senior, other
Nathan Hu, Primary, piano
Rebecca Qian, Intermediate, piano
Anastasia Crosier, Primary, strings
Valeria Heredia, Intermediate, strings
Tommy Mahew, Senior, strings
Katherine Moon, Senior, piano

2014 Overall Winners:
Katherine Moon
Katharine Zorich

2014 Division Winners:
Tobin Castellano, Senior, strings
Lisa Hu, Intermediate, strings
Nathan Hu, Primary, piano
Geoffrey McKay, Senior, other instrument
Katherine Moon, Intermediate, piano
Jason Zhuang, Primary, strings
Katharine Zorich, Senior, piano

2013 Winners:
Justin-James Chua, piano
Diana Wang, violin

2012 Winners:
Carlie Berry, piano
Emily Campagna, violin

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