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Young Artists Competition

When:   Saturday, August 18, 2018 (subject to change)
Where:  Utah Valley University, Gunther Trades Building (GT) Parking available in the East and South of the building. (subject to change)

Rules and Regulations of Competition:

Qualifiers for Participation

  1. The Utah Valley Symphony seeks to promote young musicians from Utah County. Therefore, the UVS Young Artist competition is open to musicians age 25 or younger who have attended public, private, charter or home school in Utah Valley. Parents must have established permanent residency for at least two (2) years during the musician's elementary or secondary school years. The permanent residence must be within Utah County or from areas of rural Utah that do not have similar opportunities in their communities. Therefore, residents of other Wasatch Front counties (Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Box Elder, Cache) as well as Iron County and Washington County are ineligible.

  2. A $25.00 entry fee per Registrant is due. This will also cover the fees for our professional photographer taking your headshot for the program, not to mention music rental fees. Registration may be done online and payment through PayPal (PayPal account is not required - it will accept your Credit Card), OR the form may be mailed to the address below. All registrations and fees must be received by Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Multiple registration discounts for additional siblings are available by typing in the Audition ID Number of any of the previously registered siblings. First child is $25.00. Each additional registered child is $10.

  3. Your email address is required for notifications. During the online registration and completion of a PayPal (or Credit Card) payment, you will be taken to a page where you can choose your audition time. If you choose to mail in your application then we will choose your time for you and notify you via email no later than 2 days prior to the Competition.

Divisions / Performer Details / Piece selections

Group Piece School Concert Rotation:

2019 - Violin
Vivaldi: Concerto in a minor, 1st mvt
(12 years & younger)

2020 - Viola
Telemann: Concerto in G Major, 2nd mvt
(14 years & younger)

2021 - Cello
Vivaldi: Cello Concerto for 2 cellos in g minor, 1st mvt (choose your part)
(16 years & younger)

2022 - Bass
Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals "L'Elephant"
(17 years & younger)

2023 - Flute
Devienne: Concerto No. 2 in D Major, 3rd mvt
(16 years & younger)

2024 - Harp
Salzedo: Tango from Suite of 8 Dances for Harp
(17 years & younger)

  1. The 3 categories are: Elementary (K-6), Junior (7-11), Senior (grade 12 - Age 25).
    • A Young Artist from the Elementary or Junior category will be chosen to also perform in the morning School Concerts in the Covey Center.
    • Selected Young Artists from the Junior and Senior categories will perform in the Covey Center for the Young Artist concert. No more than three (3) from the Junior and three (3) from the Senior category will be chosen. But the Musical Director reserves the right to choose less or more depending on the applicants auditions.
    • The outstanding auditionees for the group harp piece , will perform in the School Concerts in the Covey Center.
  2. For 2018 only, a harp Group Piece will be performed: Salzedo tango from Suite of 8 Dances for Harp. Also in Suzuki book 3. Must be 17 years of age (or a Senior in High School) and younger by December 1st. To be performed with other harpists on stage at the School Concerts. Come to your audition with your pianist to perform it. You may play it memorized or use your music for the audition.
    • A student may audition for both the group piece and on another concerto. For their 2nd audition, they may use the "sibling" $10 fee for their 2nd audition.
  3. A Young Artist may perform twice as a winner in the Young Artist Concert by winning in 2 of the 3 categories -- at least 3 years apart. Performances in the School concerts do not count towards this two-concert total.

  4. The audition piece must be a work for soloist (or soloists) and orchestra. The piece must be memorized and performed with a live accompanist. Judges may ask to hear any part of the piece.

  5. Any work that has been performed by the Utah Valley Symphony in the three seasons before the competition, is ineligible. The following pieces may not be auditioned until:
    Composer Piece Eligable In
    BeethovenPiano Concerto No. 1, 1st mvt2019
    Bizet"Pres des remparts de Seville" from Carmen2019
    BlochSuite Hebraique for viola, 1st mvt2019
    HadynDivertimento for Piano and Orch. in C, 3rd mvt2019
    HandelHarp Concerto in Bb Major, mvt 12020
    HoffmeisterViola Concerto in D Major, mvt 12020
    HueFantaisie for Flute2020
    LisztHungarian Fantasy for Piano2020
    MendelssohnPiano Concerto No. 2 in d minor, 3rd mvt2019
    MendelssohnPiano Concerto in g minor, 3rd mvt2021
    MozartViolin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, 3rd mvt2019
    RavelViolin Tzigane2019
    Saint-SaensCello Concerto in a minor, mvt 12020
    Saint-SaensPiano Concerto No. 4, last mvt2019
    TchaikovskyPiano Concerto No. 1, mvt 12020
    VivaldiViolin Concerto in a minor, Mvt I2019
    VivaldiViolin Concerto in D Major, Op. 7, No. 11, 1st mvt2019
    WeiniawskyViolin Concerto No. 2, mvt 22020

Day of Competition:

  1. Auditions will be held Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Utah Valley University, Gunther Trades Building (GT) Parking available in the East and South of the building..

  2. Wear best clothes. The performer must audition in person on the prescribed audition day. Check in to your assigned room with the Door Hostess at least 10 minutes early. Family & friends may attend the Finals auditions only.

  3. There are two judging sessions:
    • Morning Primaries have a 3 minute limit.
    • Afternoon Semi-Finals start at 1:00 pm and have a 5 minute limit.
    Timing begins when you walk into the audition. Make judicious cuts. Judges may ask to hear any part of the piece.

  4. The Morning Primaries' room and time is chosen by the Registrant if $25.00 fee is paid online through PayPal. If the Registrant's application form with the $25.00 fee is received by Tuesday, August 14, 2018, then the room and time be emailed no later than 2 days prior to the Competition.

  5. The Afternoon Semi-Finals' times will be posted online (and via email) by 12:00 Noon.

  6. Finalists/winners will be posted online before 10pm. All decisions are FINAL, nor will there be a paper explaining the decisions. These decisions are left to the discretion of the judges (in the primaries) and conductor (in the finals).

Post Competition

  1. Professional photographer shoot for headshots for the printed program and press releases.
    • mid September 2018 - location TBA Please schedule!
  2. Finalists/Winners of the Utah Valley symphony Young Artists competition will perform at the following concerts:
    • October 24, 2018 (Wednesday 10:30am) - School Concert - Provo Covey Center for the Arts - 1-2 performers from Elementary Division and the group piece.
    • October 25-26, 2018 (Thursday-Friday) - Young Artists Concert - Provo Covey Center for the Arts
  3. Please Note: A Young Artist may not be able to perform if the full orchestration has not arrived from the the music rental company by Sept 14th. In the unfortunate event that this occurs, the YA can choose to 1) hold the title of being a winner and not perform this season 2) a spot will be held for them for next season and they may perform their piece with the UVS at that time.

Competition Registration

Registration and $25.00 fee must be received by Tuesday, August 14, 2018.

For additional questions not addressed here please email: