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Concerto Competition

 2016-2017 Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition

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 Orchestra Manager: Kathy Hart

Students must submit the following:

Application, recording and fee must be received by November 4, 2016.

Each application must be printed and have a private instructor’s signature and a parent’s signature. Applicants are requred to have their own accompanist for the recording and for the final live audition if selected.

Download the Application

Please email a recording of the applicant performing one movement of a solo work with orchestral 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 21, 2016.

Finalists will perform in a live public performance in the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie L. Haslam Music Center at the University of Tennessee, 1741 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN  37916 on Monday, December 5, 2016.

Winners will be announced on this website the evening of December 5, 2016.  Winners receive a cash award and perform with the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra on Febraury 20, 2017.  (Rehearsal schedule will be determined after the 2016-2017 winner(s) are announced).

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