Young Artists' Competition

Results of our 32nd Annual YAC, held January 30, 2016

First Place Tie: Jacqueline Rodenbeck (violin) and Sarah Turner (violin)

First Place: Jun Lee (cello)
Second Place: Sophia Rightmer (cello)

First Place: Gracie Hufford (flute)

First Place: Shirleen Lee (flute)

First Place Tie:
Lalo Trio -- Carissa Powe (violin), Levi Powe (cello), Junghwan Min (piano)
Millennium Trio -- Sanem Reinhardt (violin), Sophia Rightmer (cello), Anna Zeng (piano)

First Place: Damian Galasso
Second Place: Hannah Lee

First Place: Evan Willmarth
Second Place Tie: Daniel Wieland and Andy Li
We congratulate these winners and all who participated in this year's YAC!
The following information is for YAC 2016. It is provided here as a reference for generally what to expect next year. Watch for updated information about the 2017 YAC next fall.

New this Year: Ensemble Category!

Our 32nd Young Artists' Competition is dedicated to the memory of Ruthann Klimberg, long-time COT member and loyal supporter of this competition. Click to read more about her.

COT's first Young Artists' Competition (YAC) in 1984 was the only event of its kind in this area for high-school age musicians. Other competitions in town were open to college-age students as well, so the younger children rarely had a chance to win the opportunity to perform. It has expanded to three categories: winds and percussion, piano, and strings. Each category is judged separately with both a junior and a senior division. The competition offers students a good introduction to the audition process. Winners gain public exposure and are awarded cash prizes. The event provides each entrant a unique learning experience, and music teachers from both studios and schools applaud the orchestra for this contribution to the young musicians’ development. To date, COT has hosted over 70 performances by students ranging from elementary to high-school age.

New this year is the Ensemble category, the first of its kind in Tucson. Groups of 2 to 10 young musicians may apply together as an ensemble and perform a chamber work. Groups may consist of students of any age (up through Grade 12). The selected piece should not require orchestral accompaniment. Read the Rules & Eligibility document below for all the details.

2016 Young Artists' Competition: JANUARY 30, 2016

Deadline for applications is January 9. 

The Competition is held at Pima Community College West, Center for the Arts Complex.
Times to be announced after all entries are received.

Download the PDF files:  

A flier about the 2016 Young Artists' Competition is available to music teachers to print and distribute to students. There are two fliers per page. Click the link below to download the PDF file.

Support the YAC Competition

The Young Artists' Competition is made possible in large part by the donations of generous supporters, just like you. Your financial gift will help offset the many costs involved in launching a successful competition, including promotional flyers, audition space, music rental, and award money and certificates, to name just a few. With your support, we will continue to offer outstanding opportunities to young, aspiring musicians. Please donate to the YAC today.

Many thanks to the COT Quail Creek Guild for making a significant contribution to the 2016 Young Artists' Competition through the raffle held at our Quail Creek Pops Concert on April 26, 2015.

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