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Concerto Competition


 2014-2015 Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition: 

Congratulations to the Winners of the KSYO Competition!

Autumn Arsenault, Piano - Kabalevsky Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 50, Mvmt. 1

Jerry Zhou, Cello - Kabalevsky Cello Concerto No. 1, Op. 49, Mvmt. 1


The 2014 - 2015 judging panel would also like to reconize the following students for their outstanding performances in the live round of the competition:

Samantha Chu, Violin

Kai Smith, Violin


Thank you to the 2014 - 2015 Judging Panel:

Gordon Tsai, Associate Concertmaster, KSO

Peter Cain, Clarinet Instructor Lee University, 3rd Clarinet Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

Edie Johnson, Organist/Music Associate Church Street United Methodist Church, Adjunct Faculty UT


Winner(s) will receive a cash award and perform with the

Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra on February 22, 2015

at 7:00 PM at the Tennessee Theatre


The competition is open to all high-school students who play an orchestral instrument and live in Knox, Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Loudon, Roane, Sevier or Union counties, or are current members of the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association.

Auditions are limited to one movement of a solo work with orchestral accompaniment.

The orchestral accompaniment parts must be readily available by purchase or rental.  Questions about the suitability of a piece should be emailed to KSO Youth OrchestraManager: Kathy Hart

Students must submit the following:

Application, recordings and fees must be received by November 1, 2014.

Each application must be printed and have a private instructor’s signature and a parent’s signature.

Download the Application

Please email a recording of the applicant performing one movement of a solo work with orchestra accompaniment.  The recording should include a piano accompanist performing the piano reduction of the orchestral part. ONLY AUDIO RECORDINGS will be accepted.  Recorded media accepted include: iTunes and Windows programs that produce mp3 and mp4 formats. They should be emailed to or you may mail a hard copy of a standard compact disc along with your application fee to the address below.

Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition

PO Box 360/Knoxville/TN/37901-0360

 Finalists will be posted on this section of the website by November 17, 2014.

The Final Live Round will take place on Monday, December 8, 2014 and finalists will be notified of their audition time via email.

For more information or to receive an application by mail or Email: