Young Artist Competition


Established in 1942, the Young Artist Concerto Competition presented by the Association of the Louisville Orchestra is open to students in grades 5 to 12 who are currently studying with teachers in Louisville or surrounding Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio counties within a 125 radius of Louisville.

Participants must perform (with accompanist) one memorized movement from the recommended concerto repertory list* for the Division Auditions and, if they are selected to proceed, at the Finalists Recital.

*Prior to application, participants may request to play a concerto not included on the repertory list. Requests will be considered and participants notified of the committee decision.

Application deadline:   Thursday, October 12, 2017 :: Link to Application
Audition times will be emailed to participants by Tuesday, October 17
Division Auditions:  Saturday, October 21, 2017 :: 9AM – 1PM :: University of Louisville School of Music :: Closed event
Finalists Recital:  Saturday, October 28, 2017 :: 1PM :: Comstock Hall at UofL School of Music :: Free and open to the public

Participants must be available for both the Division Audition and the Finalists Recital dates to be eligible.

1.   Strings:  Grades 5 to 8
2.  Strings:  Grades 9 to 12
3.  Piano & Harp:  Grades 5 to 8
4.  Piano & Harp:  Grades 9 to 12
5.  Wind & Percussion:  Grades 9 to 12

Up to three finalists from each Division may be selected to perform at the Finalists Recital.

Each Division is limited to twenty (20) participants determined by date-of-receipt of completed applications.

All participants receive written comments from the competition judges.

Division winners will advance to the Finalists Recital; receive $50 award and a voucher for two tickets to a Louisville Orchestra concert.

Young Artist Competition Winners of the Finalist Recital:

First Place Winner:  “Performance Award” — an invitation to perform as soloist with the Louisville Orchestra; $750 award and two season series subscriptions to the Louisville Orchestra.

Second Place:  Finalist certificate; $500 award and two season series subscriptions to the Louisville Orchestra

Third Place:  Finalist certificate; $500 award and two season series subscriptions to the Louisville Orchestra

REPERTORY: Recommended Concerto repertory


1st Place - Caroline Saltzman

1st Place: Caroline Saltzman

2nd place - Miriam Smith

2nd Place: Miriam Smith

3rd place- Maris Pilgrim

3rd Place: Maris Pilgrim

Each of these artists won cash prizes and tickets to the Louisville Orchestra.  As the First Place winner, Miss Saltzman received a “Performance Award” and performed as soloist with the Louisville Orchestra.