Youth Festival


The Symphony Guild of Charlotte's Young Artists Competition and Youth Festival

Established in 1955 as one of the Symphony Guild of Charlotte's original education projects, the Young Artists Competition is a concerto competition in piano, winds, strings, and percussion for area student musicians in grades 7 through 12. The festival was established in 1986 in order to offer the musicians of the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra and the senior winners the opportunity to perform with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in a concert hall atmosphere.

The grand prize winners of the competition in the senior division perform as soloists at Youth Festival with the Charlotte Symphony annually. Youth Festival also includes performances by the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO), the Junior Youth Orchestra (JYO), and a side-by-side performance with the CSYO and the full Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. The junior division competition winners will be soloists at the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra's Spring Concert in May 2017 in Halton Theater at CPCC.

Cash awards are given. Musicians are eligible to enter the competition if they reside in North Carolina within a 50-mile radius of Charlotte, or if outside the radius, they reside in a NC county west of I-77 or within Lancaster or York counties in South Carolina.

Click here for more information on the Young Artists Competition. 
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