We had a fabulous group of contestants at the 2019 Young Musicians’ Competition held Saturday, March 30th at College of San Mateo. The winner, Melody Choi, will be performing with Peninsula Symphony on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 at Grant Park in Los Altos. More info here.

Melody Choi - 2019 YMC Winner

Melody Choi - 2019 YMC Winner

the 2019 Young Musicians’ Competition

First Place
Melody Choi, violin
10th grade, Valley Christian High School

Second Place
Catherine Choi, cello
11th grade, Monta Vista High School

Third Place
Joonhee Park, cello
11th grade, Archbishop Mitty High School


The 2019 Young Musicians’ Competition:

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
• 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.

HOW DO I AUDITION?
• Applications must be received by mail or fax by Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
• Auditions are in the afternoon of Saturday, March 30, 2019 at College of San Mateo.
• A non-refundable $40 application fee (check 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.

A prior winner of the Young Musicians’ Competition performs with PSO

A prior winner of the Young Musicians’ Competition performs with PSO

WHAT SHOULD I PLAY?
• 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.

WHAT CAN I WIN?
• FIRST PRIZE – $500.00, and a solo appearance with the Peninsula Symphony on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 at 6:00pm in Los Altos (park venue TBA).
• SECOND PRIZE – $200.00
• THIRD PRIZE – $100.00

Need more info? Please contact Joanna Read, Operations & Development Associate, joanna@peninsulasymphony, or call 650-941-5291.