Young Artists' Competition
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.
We will again be offering an 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.
Winners of the 2017 Young Artists' Competition!
1st Place: Jeremy Bryant, Trumpet
1st Place: Quinton Nickum, Clarinet
2nd Place: Thomas Gerald, Tuba
Honorable Mention: Seth Roland, Trombone
1st Place: Orly Liu
2nd Place: Hannah Lui
Honorable Mention: Jisue ChoiSenior Piano
1st Place: Nicholas Turner
2nd Place: Jaclyn Simmons-Rolin
1st Place: Naomi Turner, Cello
2nd Place: Sarah Joy Roland, Cello
Honorable Mention: Lee MacDonald, CelloSenior Strings
1st Place TIE: Kai Skaggs, Violin and Lilly Cottam, Cello
2nd Place: Aliyah Powe, Violin
1st Place: Powe Trio (Violin, Cello, Piano)
The 2017 Competition is now over. Files for the 2018 Competition will be available in Fall 2017.
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 2017 Young Artists' Competition through the raffle held at our Quail Creek Pops Concert on April 17, 2016.
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Civic Orchestra of Tucson
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Tucson, AZ 85733