YAC 2024 Winners

YAC 2024 Winners

Civic Orchestra of Tucson
will hold its 40th Annual
Lee Oler Young Artists’ Competition
on Sunday, January 19, 2025

Congratulations to the 2024 Winners!

Thank you to all competitors. We realize how much time and preparation is required to compete. COT will be celebrating all who participated in the 2024 Young Artists’ Competition in an award ceremony this spring. Details will be emailed to participants soon.

As part of its community outreach and youth programs, the orchestra awarded Young Artist coaching scholarships to three students who have not previously had regular private instruction. Two trumpeters and one euphonium player took lessons with outstanding local music professionals this winter, paid for by this scholarship. We thank the donors who contributed to this special fund.

Talented musicians in Grades 3–12 compete for monetary prizes in these categories:
Strings Piano  ~  Harp  ~  Winds ~ Percussion  ~  Ensemble

Winners may be selected to perform their pieces in concert with the Civic Orchestra of Tucson.

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.

Now in its 39th year, the competition has expanded to five categories: strings, piano, winds, percussion, and harp. 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 nearly 100 performances by students ranging from elementary to high-school age.

We will again offer 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 in Grades 3–12. The selected piece should not require orchestral accompaniment.

2025 Rules and Eligibility