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Kearney Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition

COMPETITION DATE: April 25, 2015 - UNK Fine Arts Building 

The Kearney Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition seeks to cultivate and promote emerging musical talent from Nebraska and its surrounding states—Iowa, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Wyoming, and South Dakota. It will provide a regional opportunity for students’ achievements to be recognized with prizes and performance opportunities, including the possibility of a performance with KSO.

Congratulations to Hsuan (Kevin) Cheng (piano – Central City, NE), winner of the first and grand prizes in the 2014 KSOYAC!  He performed Tchaikovsky’s "Piano Concerto no. 2: I. Allegro brillante e molto vivace" with the Kearney Symphony on its February 2015 concert under the baton of Deborah Freedman, director of KSO, at the UNK Fine Arts Building Recital Hall.

PRIZES - (total purse of $3,200) 

In this fourth year of the competition, the competition will be open to pianists & string players (namely violin, viola, cello, and bass). More than one prize may be awarded to an applicant:

Grand Prize (one winner maximum) - Performance with the Kearney Symphony Orchestra during the 2015-16 season

String Prizes: First Prize - $800 Second Prize - $500 Third Prize - $300

Piano Prizes: First Prize - $800 Second Prize - $500 Third Prize - $300



       Applicants to the competition must meet the following conditions:

  • Be no younger than 13 and no older than 18 on the date of the competition
  • Perform on piano, violin, viola, cello, or bass
  • Have never previously won the first or grand prizes of the KSOYAC
  • Compete with repertoire for which orchestral parts are available
  • Play with piano accompaniment
  • Not yet be a high-school graduate
  • Not have studied privately with a jury member in the past year
  • Provide proof of residency in Nebraska or one of its bordering states
  • Pay the application fee of $15 – postmark deadline of March 31, 2015  
  • Compete with a complete work (or complete movement from a work) that is at least eight minutes long

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION PACKET (PDF) - current packet now available

Form compatible with Adobe© Acrobat (Apple© Preview not recommended) 

Contact competition chair Noah Turner Rogoff with any questions.