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Young Artists' Competition

See below for the list of this year's winners!

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.

2014 Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 30th Annual Young Artists' Competition, held on February 8, 2014. We heard an excellent group of talented young musicians and wish to congratulate all of them for their participation.

Here are this year's winners:

Senior Piano Division
1st Place: Christian Hagedon

Junior Piano Division
1st Place: Hannah Lee*
2nd Place: Jaclyn Simmons-Rolins
Honorable Mention: Clayton Cheung

Senior Winds and Percussion Division
1st Place: Kali Cornn (marimba)
2nd Place (tie): Reena Debray (flute) and Sumhith Veda Aradhyula (flute)

Junior Winds and Percussion Division
2nd Place: Carter Engel (clarinet)

Senior Strings Division
1st Place (tie): Carissa Powe* (violin) and Nicole Skaggs* (violin)
2nd Place: Jun H. Lee* (cello)
Honorable Mention: Samuel Turner (cello)

Junior Strings Division
1st Place: Aliyah Powe* (violin)
2nd Place: Claire Thai (harp)
Honorable Mention: Sophia Rightmer (cello)

* These winners performed with us at our 2014 Pops Concerts.

2014 Competition Information

This year's competition was held on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Pima Community College West Campus in the Center for the Arts Complex's Recital Hall.
Cash prizes are awarded as follows:
Senior Division: 1st Place ~ $300, 2nd Place ~ $150 (Grades 9-12)
Junior Division: 1st Place ~ $200, 2nd Place ~ $100 (Grades 8 and under)

One or more winners may be invited by the Music Director to perform solos with the orchestra.

Click to download this year's Young Artists' Competition documents.

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.

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Mail To:
Civic Orchestra of Tucson
P.O. Box 42764
Tucson, AZ 85733