Each year Peninsula Symphony sponsors two competitions to foster excellence in young musicians. These competitions allow students to receive valuable feedback from professional musicians and gives them a chance to win cash prizes and the opportunity to perform for Peninsula Symphony audiences.

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 2018 Young Musicians’ Competition

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Young Musicians’ Competition!


First Place: Christine Lee, Second Place: Luis Lechuga Espada, Third Place: Arin Chang

Honorable Mentions:

Catherine Choi, Edward Jung, Jennifer Park


Students who play an orchestral instrument have the chance to participate in our Young Musicians’ Competition held each spring. Winners receive cash prizes, and the 1st Place winner performs with the Peninsula Symphony at their June outdoor concert.

Download the flyer and application HERE
Click HERE to pay a student’s entrance fee online.

• Student applicants must be participants in their school music program.
• Applicants must be high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors in either San Francisco, San Mateo, or Santa Clara County schools.
• All orchestral instruments accepted.

• Applications must be received by mail or fax by Friday, March 30, 2018.
• Auditions are in the afternoon of Saturday, April 7, 2018 at College of San Mateo.
• A non-refundable $40 application fee (payable to the Peninsula Symphony) is due with the application.
• Total audition time is 10 minutes per applicant. Cuts are suggested to conform to the time limit.

• One solo unaccompanied work (Bach unaccompanied, major étude, etc.)
• One movement of a concerto or major work that can be performed with a symphony orchestra. Concertos must be approved by PSO Music Director.
• Both works together must conform to the time limit of 10 minutes.

• FIRST PRIZE – $500.00, and a solo appearance with the Peninsula Symphony on Saturday, June 16th, 2018 at 6:00pm at Hillview Park in Los Altos.
• SECOND PRIZE – $200.00
• THIRD PRIZE – $100.00

Any questions? Contact Pamela Lawson, Education & Outreach Coordinator, at , or (650) 941-5291.

Joseph Wong, violin
2017 Young Musicians’ Competition winner

Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition

For over a decade the legacy of Marilyn Mindell has lived on in this competition. Marilyn was a tireless and passionate advocate for music education in San Mateo County and was a supporter of PSO for many years.

The Competition features both junior and senior divisions – in addition to cash prizes, the winner of the senior division performs a concerto movement with the Peninsula Symphony on our April concert, and winners of the junior division perform their solo selections in a recital format prior to the April concert.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition!

Junior Division Winners:

Spencer Cha, Jeston Lu, Annie Ping

Junior Division Honorable Mentions:

Rin Homma, Kelvin Jiang, Theresa Nguyen, Nancy Zheng, Melody Choi, Nathan Chi, Riley Kong, Curtis Li

Senior Division Winners:

First – Catherine Huang
Second – Ophir Horovitz
Third – Nicole Allen
Sonata Prize – Catherine Huang