Young Artist Competition

The Fremont Symphony's Young Artist Competitions are open to students up to 23 years of age who live or attend school in one of the nine Bay Area counties, and who can perform from memory an entire concerto or single major work for solo instrument and orchestra of at least 15 minutes' duration.

Those under 16 years of age can compete for the Alvin Dockter Award (formerly the Nafisa Taghioff Award), playing a single movement of a concerto or similar work.

Young Artist Competition Registration
50.00

2020 Young Artist Competition

Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass

January 11 & 12, 2020

Application deadline 12/13/19

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52ND ANNUAL YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION for Violin,Viola, Cello and Bass

Date: January 11 & 12, 2020

Application deadline 12/13/19

Awards

Phyllis Merrifield Award (First Prize): $1000

Second Prize: $500

Third Prize: $250

Dockter Award: $150

The Phyllis Merrifield Award winner will be invited to perform on the Symphony’s education program a work of the winner’s choice from the standard repertoire, 5-10 minutes in length, either a single piece or one or more movements of a concerto.

The Alvin Dockter Award is reserved for applicants under the age of 16.

The Fremont Symphony’s annual Young Artist Competitions rotate between strings (violin, viola, cello and bass) and all other orchestral instruments.

The 2021 competition will be for winds, brass, percussion, piano and harp.

Regulations

Open to string players up to 23 years of age who meet the following conditions:

  • Reside or attend school in one of the nine Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, or Sonoma)

  • Were born on or after January 1, 1997.

  • Are able to perform from memory an entire concerto or a single major work for solo instrument and orchestra at least 15 minutes in duration.

Regulations for the Alvin Dockter Award

Applicants must have been born on or after January 1, 2004, must live in one of the nine Bay Area counties, and must be able to perform from memory a single movement of a concerto or a single work for solo instrument and orchestra selected from the standard repertoire.

Auditions

Auditions will be held on Saturday, January 11, at First United Methodist Church, 2950 Washington Blvd., Fremont, CA. Specific audition times are assigned after the application deadline. Finals will be held on January 12 and are open to the public.

To obtain additional application forms or more information:

Fremont Symphony
Young Artist Competition
P. O. Box 104
Fremont, CA 94537
(510) 371-4860

Application form may be downloaded HERE and the complete regulations can be downloaded HERE.

Completed applications must be submitted or postmarked and/or received no later than Friday, December 13, 2019.


2020 Young Artist Competition Regulations for Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass

Please read the instructions carefully and thoroughly. If you have any questions, please call the Fremont Symphony office at (510) 371-4860.

The competition is open to violin, viola, cello and bass players up to 23 years of age who meet the following conditions:

  • Reside or attend school in one of the nine Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, or Sonoma).

  • Were born on or after January 1, 1997.

  • Are able to perform from memory an entire concerto or any single major work for solo instrument and orchestra at least 15 minutes in duration.

Regulations for the Alvin Dockter Award

Applicants must have been born on or after January 1, 2004, must live in one of the nine Bay Area counties, and must be able to perform from memory a single movement of a concerto or a single work for solo instrument and orchestra selected from standard repertoire. All applicants under 16 years of age automatically qualify for the Dockter Award. If they prepare an entire concerto, they also qualify for the Phyllis Merrifield Award.

Before the competition:

  • Your completed application must be postmarked or received no later than Friday, December 13, 2019.

  • Application forms can be downloaded and printed from the Fremont Symphony website at www.fremontsymphony.org.

  • A nonrefundable registration fee of $50 must be included with your application. Please make checks payable to the Fremont Symphony.

  • Mail application form and registration fee to:
    Fremont Symphony
    P. O. Box 104
    Fremont, CA 94537
    or, fax the form with credit card information to (510) 259-9746.

The day of the competition:

  • Auditions will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020, with finals (if needed) on January 12.

  • Finals will be open to the public. Your audition time will be assigned to you in late December; no schedule changes will be made after January 1, 2020.

  • Competition location: First United Methodist Church, 2950 Washington Blvd., Fremont.

  • Contestants must provide their own accompanist, and during the audition must provide judges with a copy of their music.

  • Applicants who have won First Prize or the Dockter Award for the same instrument in a prior year may not compete again for the same prize.

  • Decisions of the judges are final. All prizes are awarded at the discretion of the judges.

Phyllis Merrifield Award (First Prize)

$1000 and a chance to perform on the Symphony’s education program a work of the winner’s choice from the standard repertoire, 5-10 minutes in length, either a single piece or one or more movements of a concerto.

$500 - Second Prize

$250 - Third Prize

$150 - Alvin Dockter Award