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Montana’s Next Musical Generation
The Montana Association of Symphony Orchestras believes in continuing our work by investing in the next generation of musicians. In order to help encourage the development of today’s young musicians we established the bi-annual Young Artist Competition in 1991. Originally envisioned as both a performance showcase and a scholarship opportunity, our ultimate hope is that this competition inspires Montana’s young musicians to pursue their dreams and aspire to professional heights.
We have extended the deadline for preliminary round submissions to Nov. 20th in response to requests by contestants citing stay at home orders and difficulties finding and rehearsing with accompanists. We understand this is a unique challenge due to COVID-19, and hope this extension allows more people to meet the guidelines for participation in the competition.
Thank you to our 2021 sponsors
Winners are determined in three different divisions:
Each year that MASO holds this competition, up-and-coming young musicians from across the state compete for the unique opportunity to perform as soloists in concert with one or more Montana orchestras. This is a valuable chance for young musicians to make a professional debut—something many accomplished artists wait years for. Finalists are invited to the live competition to perform before three out-of-state judges in the junior, senior, and college divisions.
Any musician between the ages of 13 and 22 who plays an orchestral instrument is invited to enter and compete. Participants must be Montana residents, and past winners of this competition are ineligible to compete again in the same division. Musicians apply by submitting an application describing their musical experience along with an audio file of the selection they intend to perform at the competition. These applications are divided into the three divisions and then sent out to MASO screening judges for evaluation. Recommendations from the screening judges of which musicians will be invited to perform in a live audition are then forwarded on. Three nationally recognized judges adjudicate the live performances and award prizes.
Regardless of whether a student wins or not, the experience of the competition builds stronger musicians, encourages them to always strive for excellence, and fosters leadership qualities and confidence in their performance skills. Those present for the competition, not only have the privilege of hearing some of Montana’s finest musical talent, but are left inspired by the amazing accomplishment of these young musicians.
Instructions for applicants: Click “login” in the top right corner once you are directed to the getacceptd page. Create a new account. *Note to parents and/or teachers: If you are starting an application for your child or student, please click “I am applying for someone else” when prompted.