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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

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.

2017 Important Dates


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.



Preliminary and final rounds will be held at First Congregational Church (300 South Minnesota Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD). Preliminary rounds will start at 10:00 am on March 18, 2017.  The final round will begin at approximately 2:00 pm on March 19,, 2017.  We will notify you of your preliminary audition time after receiving your entry.

Finalists will be announced to all entrants following the preliminary round.   Winners will be announced immediately following the final round.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend both the preliminary and final rounds of the competition. Video and audio recording is NOT permitted.

Repertoire Requirements

Contestants should prepare two contrasting selections (must be from standard repertoire):

  1. Solo movement from a concerto
  2. One additional piece in contrasting nature

The two selections can be separate works or two movements of the same work.  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.

Please note:  Contestants should be prepared to perform the entire selection; however, most auditions will be no longer than 10 minutes for the preliminary round and 15 minutes for the final round.


Piano accompaniment is highly recommended for the preliminary round.  Piano accompaniment is required for the final round.  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

Registration will open December 1, 2017.