50th Annual Young Artist Award


Rules of the Concerto Competition


Open to string soloists born after April 1, 1996. An applicant may not be employed full time as a professional musician. Documentation of age and/or employment may be required at the discretion of the coordinator.


Applicants must submit a video recording of 10-12 minutes TOTAL time, including two items: 5-6 minutes from each of two contrasting movements of a concerto for possible selection to compete in March, 2020. At the competition, the concerto must be performed from memory and be at least 15 minutes in length. Applicants are expected to be able to perform the entire concerto at the finals.


Send the $25 application fee, the completed application form, link to YouTube video recording to the competition coordinator.


The application must be postmarked by February 28, 2020. File uploading of the YouTube recording must also be completed by February 28, 2020.


The recordings will be reviewed to determine which applicants qualify for the competition. Checks of applicants not selected will not be returned. Competition acceptance will be announced in March, 2020. A scheduled time for each contestant will be mailed at that time.


The final round of the competition will take place between 3 pm and 6 pm on March 22, at the Fireside Room, Gateway Complex in Rossmoor. The Diablo Symphony cannot provide accompanists, so contestants should bring their own.


The judges’ decision is final.


First Prize: $1000 Honorarium and a contract to perform the previously auditioned composition in concert with the Diablo Symphony Orchestra on May 15, 2020 at the Gateway Clubhouse in Rossmoor and May 17, 2020 at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.

Second Prize: $500 and an award plaque.


Contestants are encouraged to invite friends and relatives to the competition. No one may enter or leave during performances.

For further questions about the competition, please e-mail Sharon Greene at [email protected].