March 4, 2017 - 49th Annual Young Artists Competition (YAC)
Piano and Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion
March 4, 2017 at Whittier College, Whittier, CA
The 2 categories for the 2017 contest are Piano and Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion. The entry fee is $50 and application may only be made through our website by clicking on the Young Artists Competition Application. The application deadline is February 17, 2017.
The contest is limited to the first 25 eligible applicants. Applicants must be residents of California not older than age 26 at the time of the competition, or 30 for vocalists.The application DEADLINE is Friday February 17, 2017.
Contestants are to prepare a full concerto or concert piece and a solo piece of contrasting style. Selections are to be performed from memory unless prior arrangements are made with the Young Artists Competition chairman.
Applicants will provide their own accompanist and original scores of their music will be made available for the judges.
The two top winners will perform as soloists either at the orchestra’s final concert May 7, 2017, or the first concert of the 2017-2018 season in the fall of 2017, one at each separate performance. Each will also receive a $1,000 cash prize.
Musicians placing second in each category will receive $500 cash prizes.
For more information, please call the Symphony Office at (562) 698-8626.
Winners of the 48th Annual YAC!
Two young musicians, a baritone and a violinist, won the Rio Hondo Symphony's 48th annual Young Artists Competition March 5, 2016, in the Chapel at Whittier College.
Rachel Ostler, a violinist who studies at USC, placed first in the strings category. Joel David Balzun, a baritone, won in the voice category.
The 2nd place strings award was given to Leah Hansen, cello. Placing 2nd among the vocalists was Marina Harris, soprano, while Honorable Mention in the vocals category was awarded to Jose Maldonado, bass.
Judges for the day-long event, eminent performers/teachers selected to represent expertise within the various categories, were: RHS Conductor Emeritus Wayne Reinecke, Dr. Robert Sage, and Rio Hondo College Professor Steve Moshier. Chairing the competition were Bob Orpin, Past President, Rio Hondo Symphony Assn, and Enrique & Maria Elena Alvarez.