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by Robert Schumann

This fascinating short book was written in 1860 and is
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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.

Save the Date for our 2016 Young Artists' Competition: JANUARY 30, 2016
at Pima Community College West, Center for the Arts Complex.
The Registration and Guidelines documents below will be updated soon for 2016.
They are provided here to give you an idea of their content.

2015 Competition Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 31st Young Artists' Competition, held on Saturday, February 14, 2015.

The Junior Division includes students in grades 8 and under.
The Senior Division includes students 9-12.
Junior Piano Division
1st Place:   Orly Liu
2nd Place: Jessica Ding

Senior Piano Division
1st Place:   Claire Thai (harp) ~ performing with the COT on 4/26/2015
2nd Place: Joseph Galasso ~ performing with the COT on 4/26/2015
Honorable Mention: Daniel Wieland

Senior Winds & Percussion Division
1st Place:   Kip Zimmerman (oboe)

Junior Strings Division
1st Place:   Kai Skaggs (violin)
2nd Place (tie):  Jacqueline Rodenbeck (violin)
2nd Place (tie):  Sarah Turner (violin)

Senior Strings Division
1st Place:   Levi Powe (cello) ~ performing with the COT on 5/3/2015
2nd Place: Sanem Reinhardt (violin) ~ performing with the COT on 5/3/2015

Check back in the fall for information about next year's 2016 Young Artists' Competition. Last year's documents are provided here for your information. They are subject to change for the 2016 competition.

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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Donate to YAC by Mail

Make a secure donation to the YAC online with your credit card:

Checks should be made payable to: Civic Orchestra of Tucson

Write YAC in the check memo.

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