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Young Artists Competition


The TSO Young Artists Competition takes place each fall, with more than 50 young instrumental musicians (ages 8 – 22) competing for cash prizes and an opportunity to perform with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.  The competition is open to applicants living in Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, and Cochise counties, with the exception of the college division, Division I.  Division I is open to applicants living anywhere in the state of Arizona.

Division III:  elementary & middle school students, 8th grade and younger
Division II:  high school students, grades 9 – 12
Division I:  college students who have NOT reached their 23rd birthday

Eligible instruments:  strings, woodwinds, brass, melodic percussion, harp & piano.


The 2016-17 Young Artist’s Competition Application Form is available for download here.


Application deadline: Friday, August 26, 2016 (postmarked)

Divisions I and III: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Division II: Sunday, September 18, 2016

Finals (all divisions): Sunday, October 2, 2016 at the Tucson Symphony Center

For more information about the TSO Young Artists Competition, please contact the Education Programs Manager, Alana Richardson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (520) 620-9167.