Young Artists Competition

Young Artist Competition

The Young Artist Competition, held yearly since 1965, discovers and encourages exceptional young musical talent.   Young instrumentalists and vocalists compete for monetary awards and a chance to perform with one of the groups of the Philharmonic Society of Arlington.
The 2012 competition will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 in the First Parish Unitarian-Universalist Church of Arlington, MA from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  This is located in the center of Arlington, at 630 Massachusetts Avenue, at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Pleasant Street (Rte. 60).  It is reachable by MBTA bus.
The 5 Competition Judges vary yearly and are local musical professionals affiliated with the Philharmonic Society of Arlington.  They have expertise in both choral and instrumental music.  Participants are judged on musicianship and quality of performance.

2012 Competition Prizes:

The Competition Prizes are in 2 categories:

  • The Peter E. Tannenwald Young Artist Performance Awards  are open to all participants
    • One Grand Prize winner will receive a cash prize of $1000 and a performance with a Philharmonic Society performing organization during its 2012-2013 season.  
    •  $650 Second prize
    •  $350 Third prize
  • The Leonard D. Wood Awards are open to young contestants 18 years of age or younger
    • First Place winner will receive a prize of $500 and, at the discretion of the Society's musical directors, may be asked to perform with the orchestra or chorus.  
    • $350 Second prize
    • $150 Third Prize


Acceptance to the Competition is at the discretion of the Young Artist Competition Panel.  At a minimum, an applicant/participant must:

  • be an advanced instrumentalist or vocalist
  • be 29 years of age or younger as of the date of the competition: April 21, 2012
  • have mastered several significant pieces

Audition Rules

Applicants/Participants must:

  • prepare a concerto or solo excerpts from a significant concert piece from standard repertoire with piano-reduced orchestral or choral accompaniment.  Memorization is not required.
  • arrange for his/her own accompanist (A list of known local accompanists is available upon request.)
  • perform for the judges  for a maximum of 15 minutes on the day of the competition

Contestants will not have access to the audition site prior to the day of the auditions. Contestants will be notified of the judges' decisions not later than one week after the auditions.

Application Process

  • Applicants are required to submit an online application.  Deadline for applications is March 24, 2012, but may be closed earlier if all audition time slots have been filled.
  • Applicants must also submit a resume, and may include other appropriate documents (repertoire list, etc).
  • There is a $40 application fee, payable at time of application, and refunded if the applicant is not offered an audition.
  • The competition committee will disqualify candidates who, in their opinion, do not have sufficient experience to be auditioned.
  • Participants are notified by email of their qualification or disqualification.
  • Up to 28 auditions will be assigned in order of accepted application.

Please submit other questions to the YAC Coordinator