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Concerto Competition


 Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition Winners! 

Spencer McDonald, saxophone - Tableaux De Provence by Maurice


Kari Novilla, harp - Concerto for Harp and Orchestra in E-flat Major, Op. 74, First Movement: Allegro Moderato by Gliere


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

Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra on February 15, 2016

at 7:00 PM at the Tennessee Theatre


The judges would also like to recognize one player with an honorable mention for their performance in the live round of auditions:

Daniel Choo, violin - Tzigane by Ravel


Thank you to our panel of judges:

Andy Bryenton, Principal Cello, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Claire Chenette, Principal Oboe, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Yujung Park, Piano


The competition is open to all pre-college instrumental students who 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.

Previous winners are not allowed to compete in consecutive years.

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 4, 2015.

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 20, 2015.

The Final Live Round will take place on Monday, December 7, 2015.

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