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 35th year, the competition 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.
DATE CHANGE: The 2019 Young Artists’ Competition will be held on Sunday, January 20, 2019.
The deadline for registrations is Monday, December 31, 2018. Entries must be postmarked by that date.
The competition will be held at Pima Community College Center for the Arts, West Campus, 2202 W Anklam Road, Tucson, AZ. Specific audition times will be sent to all competitors shortly after all entries have been received.
Read the Rules & Eligibility document below for all the details.
- Rules and Eligibility
- Solo Registration Form
- Ensemble Registration Form
- Flier to distribute to students, teachers, and parents
To register for the competition, download and complete the appropriate Registration Form (see above). Mail it with your check for $25 made out to Civic Orchestra of Tucson, with YAC in the memo line, to:
Civic Orchestra of Tucson
PO Box 42764
Tucson, AZ 85733