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Young Musician Concerto Competition

2017 Young Musician Concerto Competition

L to R: Angelina Gibson, Henry Charles Smith Award for Spirit and Enthusiasm; Sarah Tindall, 3rd place; Robert Hwang, 2nd place; Naomi Powers, 1st place, Bill Calhoun, SDSO League President

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This state and regional competition is open to instrumental music students through their senior year in high school and is designed to promote the growth of instrumental music in South Dakota and the region.

2018 Important Dates

February 16, 2018………….. Entry Deadline (postmark)
March 17, 2018………….. Competition Date


The competition is open to any piano, string, brass, woodwind, or percussion student through their senior year in high school living within the state of South Dakota or out of state within a 100-mile radius of Sioux Falls. The competition is open to soloists only. Applications for ensembles will not be accepted. Past First Prize winners are not eligible to enter the competition.


Contestants are required to submit an entry form, musical resume, and non-refundable $25 application fee. The musical resume should be a separate sheet and include a brief review of the applicant’s musical accomplishments including education, teachers, awards, recitals, and orchestral experience.


The auditions will be held at First Congregational Church (300 South Minnesota Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD). The competition will start at 10:00 am on March 17, 2018.

Winners will be announced immediately following the conclusion of the auditions.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the auditions. Video and audio recording is NOT permitted.

Repertoire Requirements

Contestants should prepare a solo movement from a concerto.

All music should be chosen from standard repertoire and be of an advanced level of achievement.  Memorization is encouraged but not required.  Four copies of the piano score are required for the judges.


Piano accompaniment is required. Please secure your accompanist well in advance.


Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finalists.

1st Prize – $500
2nd Prize – $400
3rd Prize – $300

Henry Charles Smith Award for Spirit & Enthusiasm – $250

The first place winner may have the opportunity to play their concerto movement with the SDSO during the following season (at the discretion of the SDSO Music Director).


Questions regarding the South Dakota Symphony’s Young Musician Concerto Competition should be directed to Sarah Burman-Schollmeyer at (605)335-7933 x12 or

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