The Young Musicians Competition recognizes the outstanding talents of young musicians, provides a space where young competitors can perform for and receive evaluations from respected judges, and distributes monetary awards to winners who may also earn opportunities to perform as part of the Arizona Musicfest concert series.

Click through the tabs on the left for more information about last season and details on our upcoming competition series!

Piano

Division I (7th & 8th Grade)

  • 1st Prize: Morgan Beckstead – Queen Creek
    • Student of Fei Xu
  • 2nd Prize: Marina Galasso – Tucson
    • Student of Ji-Young Kim
  • 3rd Prize: Tony Kim – Phoenix
    • Student of Yali Luo
  • 3rd Prize: Angelina Zhang – Tempe
    • Student of Hong Zhu

Division II (9th & 10th Grade)

  • 1st Prize: Jessica Zhang – Chandler
    • Student of Fei Xu
  • 2nd Prize: Christie Solomon – Queen Creek
    • Student of Fei Xu
  • 3rd Prize: Sharon Hui – Mesa
    • Student of Mandarin Cheung-Yueh

Division III (11th & 12th Grade)

  • 1st Prize: Jessica Zhang – Tempe
    • Student of Hong Zhu
  • 2nd Prize: Sage Binder – Phoenix
    • Student of Snezana Krstic
  • 3rd Prize: Not Awarded

Strings, Harp, & Guitar

Division I (7th & 8th Grade)

  • 1st Prize: Jonathan Okseniuk, violin – Mesa
    • Student of Jing Zeng
  • 2nd Prize: Seungchan Aiden Min, violin – Chandler
    • Student of Min Park
  • 3rd Prize: Tony Kim, cello – Phoenix
    • Student of Jan Simiz
  • Honorable Mention: Benjamin Burton, Maya Lai

Division II (9th & 10th Grade)

  • 1st Prize: Leo Kubota, cello – Tempe
    • Student of Thomas Landschoot
  • 2nd Prize: Sean Ellis, violin – Phoenix
    • Student of Dimitri Lazarescu
  • 3rd Prize: Alicia Yang, viola – Chandler
    • Student of Susanne Rothaar

Division III (11th & 12th Grade)

  • 1st Prize: Alicia Wu, viola – Scottsdale
    • Student of Susanne Rothaar
  • 2nd Prize: Aliyah Powe, violin – Tucson
    • Student of Timothy Kantor
  • 3rd Prize: Belle Wang, violin – Mesa
    • Student of Danwen Jiang
  • Honorable Mention: Audrey Wang, Sophia Zhang

Woodwinds & Brass

Division I (7th & 8th Grade)

  • 1st Prize: Felix Shen, flute – Scottsdale
    • Student of Elizabeth Buck
  • 2nd Prize: Not Awarded
  • 3rd Prize: Not Awarded

Division II (9th & 10th Grade)

  • 1st Prize: Gracie Potter, trombone – Surprise
    • Student of Chris Wolf
  • 2nd Prize: Andy Kim, clarinet – Phoenix
    • Student of Stefanie Gardner
  • 3rd Prize: Jennyfer Park, flute – Mesa
    • Student of Barbara Chao

Division III (11th & 12th Grade)

  • 1st Prize: Supriya Weiss, flute – Scottsdale
    • Student of Brian Gordon
  • 2nd Prize: Caroline Wu, oboe – San Tan Valley
    • Student of Martin Schuring
  • 3rd Prize: Alicia Wu, flute – Paradise Valley
    • Student of Brian Gordon

Vocal*

  • 1st Prize: Elisabeth Kinghorn, soprano – Tucson
    • Student of Stephanie Fox
  • 2nd Prize: Elisabeth Fear, soprano – Phoenix
    • Student of Anna-Lisa Hackett
  • 3rd Prize: Not Awarded

Chamber Ensemble*

  • 1st Prize: Euros String Quartet – Steven Moeckel, coach
    • Belle Wang, violin – Mesa
    • Leon Kobayashi, violin – Chandler
    • Alicia Wu, viola – Scottsdale
    • Jonathan Pak, cello – Phoenix
  • 2nd Prize: MEF Pierrot Ensemble – Carol Mellis, coach
    • Supriya Weiss, flute – Scottsdale
    • John Burton, clarinet – Gilbert
    • Audrey Wang, violin – Scottsdale
    • Jonathan Pak, cello – Phoenix
    • Kevin Tang, piano – Chandler
  • 3rd Prize: Lam-Dai Piano Duo – Yali Luo, coach
    • Nathan Lam, piano – Chandler
    • Rachel Dai, piano – Chandler
  • Honorable Mention: Duartét Saxophone Quartet, sYLVer Piano Trio

 

*There is only one division in the Vocal and Chamber Ensemble Competitions

2022 Young Musicians Competition:

Piano

Competition Date: March 19 & 20, 2022

Application Details:
  1. Application Due Date: February 21, 2022 (Complete Application)
  2. Application Fee: $25 (Submit Application Fee)
  3. Performers must be Arizona residents.
  4. Performers must be in grades seven through twelve.
  5. Early submission is advised. It is possible that the number of available slots for performers will be filled before the end of the application submission period. Any additional entrants who apply within the submission period for whom there is no slot will be placed on a waiting list. If no slot becomes available, the applicant will be informed and entry fee returned.
  6. No application refunds will be given in the event of applicant withdrawal.
Music Details:
  1. Music chosen for the Competition must be standard literature chosen from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Contemporary periods. Simplified versions are not accepted.
  2. Arizona Musicfest does not provide a list of required or recommended repertoire.
  3. Music must be memorized.
  4. Performers must provide an original and two copies of the piece(s) they will perform. The score(s) must have measures numbered and cuts marked (if any) so the judges can use them as a reference during the performer’s performance. All music will be returned directly after the performer’s performance.
  5. If your music is in the public domain, the score should be clearly marked “Public Domain” or a cover sheet indicating that should be included.
Division Details:

Divisions are determined by grade level, and each division has different requirements regarding the number of pieces to perform and the amount of time in which they perform. Please see below:

Division Number of Pieces Performance Duration
I (Grades 7 & 8) 1 or 2 7 minutes
II (Grades 9 & 10) 1 or 2 10 minutes
III (Grades 11 & 12) 2 15 minutes
Location Details:
  1. The competition will be held at Arizona Musicfest: 7950 E Thompson Peak Pkwy. Scottsdale, AZ 85255
  2. Performers will receive an Arrival Time that is 15-minutes before their scheduled Warm-Up time. Please plan to arrive no later than your assigned Arrival Time
Adjudication Details:
  1. Judges will stop performers if their performance exceeds the competition time limits. There is no penalty if a performer needs to be stopped.
  2. Judges may elect to award ‘Excellent’ and ‘Superior’ ratings to students demonstrating high levels of artistry in their performances. Ratings will only be awarded with unanimous recommendation from the committee.
  3. Prizes are awarded at the end of each division to performers who display the highest level of artistic excellence.
  4. Judges have the option to withhold prizes; their decisions are final.
  5. All students will receive Judges’ comments within a week of the adjudication date. 
Prize Details:
  1. Standout Performers from each Division may be awarded monetary prizes in the amounts detailed below.
  2. Awarded Performers may receive performance opportunities as they are available and announced.
Division First Prize Second Prize Third Prize
I (Grades 7 & 8) $200 $100 $50
II (Grades 9 & 10) $350 $200 $100
III (Grades 11 & 12) $450 $350 $200

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Questions? Contact Ben Baer, Manager of Education, Youth Performance, and Community Programming at 480-422-8431 or competition@azmusicfest.org

2022 Young Musicians Competition:

Strings, Harp, and Guitar

Competition Date: March 26 & 27, 2022

Application Details:
  1. Application Due Date: February 28, 2022 (Complete Application)
  2. Application Fee: $25 (Submit Application Fee)
  3. Performers must be Arizona residents.
  4. Performers must be in grades seven through twelve.
  5. Early submission is advised. It is possible that the number of available slots for performers will be filled before the end of the application submission period. Any additional entrants who apply within the submission period for whom there is no slot will be placed on a waiting list. If no slot becomes available, the applicant will be informed and entry fee returned.
  6. No application refunds will be given in the event of applicant withdrawal.
Music Details:
  1. Music chosen for the competition must be standard literature chosen from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Contemporary periods. Simplified versions are not acceptable.
  2. Arizona Musicfest does not provide a list of required or recommended repertoire.
  3. Music must be memorized.
  4. Accompanied pieces must be performed with an accompanist.
  5. Performers must provide their own instrument and make arrangements for their own accompanist. If assistance finding an accompanist is needed, please email competition@azmusicfest.org.
  6. Performers must provide an original and two copies of the piece(s) they will perform. The score(s) must have measures numbered and cuts marked (if any) so judges may use them as reference during the performer’s performance. All music will be returned directly after the performer’s performance.
  7. If a performer’s music is in the public domain, the score should be clearly marked “Public Domain” or a cover sheet indicating public domain should be included.
Division Details:

Divisions are determined by grade level, and each division has different requirements regarding the number of pieces to perform and the amount of time in which they perform. Please see below:

Division Number of Pieces Warm-Up Duration Performance Duration
I (Grades 7 & 8) 1 or 2 10 minutes 7 minutes
II (Grades 9 & 10) 1 or 2 10 minutes 10 minutes
III (Grades 11 & 12) 2 15 minutes 15 minutes
 Location Details:
  1. The competition will be held at Arizona Musicfest: 7950 E Thompson Peak Pkwy. Scottsdale, AZ 85255
  2. Performers will receive an Arrival Time that is 15-minutes before their scheduled Warm-Up time. Please plan to arrive no later than your assigned Arrival Time.
Adjudication Details:
  1. Judges will stop performers if their performance exceeds the competition time limits. There is no penalty if a performer needs to be stopped for this reason.
  2. Judges may elect to award ‘Excellent’ and ‘Superior’ ratings to students demonstrating high levels of artistry in their performances. Ratings will only be awarded with unanimous recommendation from the committee.
  3. Prizes are awarded at the end of each division to performers who display the highest level of artistic excellence.
  4. Judges have the option to withhold prizes; their decisions are final.
  5. All students will receive judges’ comments within a week of the adjudication date.
Prize Details:
  1. Standout performers from each Division may be awarded cash prizes in the amounts detailed below.
  2. Awarded performers will be invited to perform in the Young Musicians Concert Series in the MIM Music Theater.
  3. Awarded performers may receive additional performance opportunities as they are announced.
Division First Prize Second Prize Third Prize
I (Grades 7 & 8) $200 $100 $50
II (Grades 9 & 10) $350 $200 $100
III (Grades 11 & 12) $450 $350 $200

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Questions? Contact Ben Baer, Manager of Education, Youth Performance, and Community Programming at 480-422-8431 or competition@azmusicfest.org

 

 

2022 Young Musicians Competition:

Winds and Brass

Competition Date: April 2, 2022

Application Details:
  1. Application Due Date: March 7, 2022 (Complete Application)
  2. Application Fee $25 (Submit Application Fee)
  3. Performers must be Arizona residents.
  4. Performers must be in grades seven through twelve.
  5. Early submission is advised. It is possible that the number of available slots for performers will be filled before the end of the application submission period. Any additional entrants who apply within the submission period for whom there is no slot will be placed on a waiting list. If no slot becomes available, the applicant will be informed and entry fee returned.
  6. No application refunds will be given in the event of applicant withdrawal.
Music Details:
  1. Music chosen for the competition must be standard literature chosen from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Contemporary periods. Simplified versions are not acceptable.
  2. Arizona Musicfest does not provide a list of required or recommended repertoire.
  3. Memorization is not required.
  4. Accompanied pieces must be performed with an accompanist.
  5. Performers must provide their own instrument and make arrangements for their own accompanist. If assistance finding an accompanist is needed, please email competition@azmusicfest.org.
  6. Performers must provide an original and two copies of the piece(s) they will perform. The score(s) must have measures numbered and cuts marked (if any) so judges may use them as reference during the competitor’s performance. All music will be returned directly after the competitor’s performance.
  7. If a performer’s music is in the public domain, the score should be clearly marked “Public Domain” or a cover sheet indicating public domain should be included.
Division Details:

Divisions are determined by grade level, and each division has different requirements regarding the number of pieces to perform and the amount of time in which they perform. Please see below:

Division Number of Pieces Warm-Up Duration Performance Duration
I (Grades 7 & 8) 1 or 2 10 minutes 7 minutes
II (Grades 9 & 10) 1 or 2 10 minutes 10 minutes
III (Grades 11 & 12) 2 15 minutes 15 minutes

 

Location Details:
  1. The competition will be held at Arizona Musicfest: 7950 E Thompson Peak Pkwy. Scottsdale, AZ 85255
  2. Performers will receive an Arrival Time that is 15-minutes before their scheduled Warm-Up time. Please plan to arrive no later than your assigned Arrival Time.
Adjudication Details:
  1. Judges will stop performers if their performance exceeds the competition time limits. There is no penalty if a performer needs to be stopped for this reason.
  2. Judges may elect to award ‘Excellent’ and ‘Superior’ ratings to students demonstrating high levels of artistry in their performances. Ratings will only be awarded with unanimous recommendation from the committee.
  3. Prizes are awarded at the end of each division to performers who display the highest level of artistic excellence.
  4. Judges have the option to withhold prizes; their decisions are final.
  5. All students will receive judges’ comments within a week of the adjudication date.
Prize Details:
  1. Standout performers from each Division may be awarded cash prizes in the amounts detailed below.
  2. Awarded performers will be invited to perform in the Young Musicians Concert Series in the MIM Music Theater.
  3. Awarded performers may receive additional performance opportunities as they are announced.
Division First Prize Second Prize Third Prize
I (Grades 7 & 8) $200 $100 $50
II (Grades 9 & 10) $350 $200 $100
III (Grades 11 & 12) $450 $350 $200

 

Questions? Contact us at competition@azmusicfest.org

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Questions? Contact Ben Baer, Manager of Education, Youth Performance, and Community Programming at 480-422-8431 or competition@azmusicfest.org

 

2022 Young Musicians Competition:

Voice

Competition Date: April 3, 2022

Application Details:
  1. Application Due Date: March 7, 2022 (Complete Application)
  2. Application Fee: $25 (Submit Application Fee)
  3. Performers must be Arizona residents.
  4. Performers may only be in grades ten through twelve.
  5. Early submission is advised. It is possible that the number of available slots for competitors may be filled before the end of the application submission period. Any additional entrants who apply within the submission period for whom there is no slot will be placed on a waiting list. Entry fee will be returned if no slot becomes available.
  6. No application refunds will be given in the event of applicant withdrawal.
Music Details:
  1. Performers must perform two (2) contrasting selections
  2. Selections must represent different styles and periods from the standard classical repertoire or one standard classical repertoire selection and one selection from the Broadway repertoire.
  3. At least one selection must be in English.
  4. All selections must be performed in their original language.
  5. Both selections will be performed in the order of the performer’s choice.
  6. Maximum performance time is seven (7) minutes.
  7. All selections must be memorized.
  8. Competitors must provide an original and two copies of the piece(s) they will perform. The scores must have measures numbered and cuts marked (if any) as the judges may use them as reference during the competitor’s performance. All music will be returned directly after the competitor’s performance. 
Accompaniment Details:
  1. Pieces for voice and piano must be performed with accompaniment.
  2. Competitors may elect to provide their own accompanist OR use a Musicfest-engaged accompanist. Competitors who elect to use a Musicfest-engaged accompanist:
    1. Must submit an additional $25 accompaniment fee.
    2. May not select their accompanist.
    3. Must submit one (1) copy of their score as a PDF at least three (3) weeks before the competition date. Scores must be submitted in one of the two ways below. No other forms of submission will be accepted:
      1. Attached to the application
      2. Emailed to competition@azmusicfest.org
    4. Will rehearse with their accompanist only during their assigned warm-up time on the day of the competition. Additional rehearsals may be arranged by the competitor with the accompanist, but are not included in the $25 fee.
Location Details:
  1. The competition will be held at Arizona Musicfest: 7950 E Thompson Peak Pkwy. Scottsdale, AZ 85255
  2. Performers will receive an Arrival Time that is 15-minutes before their scheduled Warm-Up time. Please plan to arrive no later than your assigned Arrival Time.
Division Details:
  1. All performers are in the same division
  2. All performers will have a ten-minute warm-up time with their accompanist preceding their performance time.
Adjudication Details:
  1. Judges will stop competitors if their performance exceeds the competition time limit. There is no penalty if a performer needs to be stopped for this reason.
  2. Up to three prizes are awarded at the end of the competition to performers who display the highest level of artistic excellence.
    1. First Prize: $450
    2. Second Prize: $350
    3. Third Prize: $200
  3. Judges may elect to award ‘Excellent’ and ‘Superior’ ratings to students demonstrating high levels of artistry in their performances. Ratings will only be awarded with unanimous recommendation from the committee.
  4. Judges have the option to withhold prizes; their decisions are final.
  5. All students will receive judges’ comments within a week of the adjudication date.
  6. Prize winners may be asked to perform at Young Musicians Concerts in the MIM Music Theater.
  7. Arizona Musicfest may offer other performance opportunities to competitors.

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Questions? Contact Ben Baer, Manager of Education, Youth Performance, and Community Programming at 480-422-8431 or competition@azmusicfest.org

2022 Young Musicians Competition:

Chamber Ensemble

Competition Date: April 3, 2022

Application Details:
  1. Application Due Date: March 7, 2022 (Complete Application)
    1. Each Performer must submit a Performer and Parent Information Form with the application (Found Here)
  2. Application Fee $60 per ensemble (Submit Application Fee)
  3. Ensembles must be made up of Arizona residents.
  4. Performers may be no younger than 12 and no older than 18 on the date of the competition.
  5. Early submission is required. It is possible that the number of available slots for competitors will be filled before the end of the application submission period. Any additional entrants who apply within the submission period for whom there is no slot will be placed on a waiting list. If no slot becomes available, the applicant will be informed and entry fee returned.
  6. No application refunds will be given in the event of performer withdrawal.
Music Details:
  1. Music chosen for the competition must be standard literature chosen from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Contemporary periods. Simplified versions are not acceptable.
  2. Ensembles may perform 1 or 2 selections that total no more than 15’.
  3. Ensembles will receive 15’ of warm-up time prior to their competition time.
  4. One piano will be provided; all other performers must bring their own instruments. We ask that performers provide their own page turner, if needed.
  5. Ensembles must provide an original and two copies of the piece(s) they will perform. The score(s) must have measures numbered and cuts marked (if any) so judges may use them as reference during the performance. All music will be returned directly after the ensemble’s performance.
    • If your music is in the public domain, the score should be clearly marked “Public Domain” or a cover sheet indicating that should be included.
  6. Music must be performed without a conductor.
Location Details:
  1. The competition will be held at Arizona Musicfest: 7950 E Thompson Peak Pkwy. Scottsdale, AZ 85255
  2. Ensembles will receive an Arrival Time that is 15-minutes before their scheduled Warm-Up time. Please plan to arrive no later than your assigned Arrival Time.
Adjudication Details:
  1. Judges will stop ensembles if their performance exceeds the competition time limits. There is no penalty if an ensemble needs to be stopped for this reason.
  2. Judges may elect to award ‘Excellent’ and ‘Superior’ ratings to students demonstrating high levels of artistry in their performances. Ratings will only be awarded with unanimous recommendation from the committee.
  3. Prizes are awarded at the end of the competition to competitors who display the highest level of artistic excellence.
  4. Judges have the option to withhold prizes; their decisions are final.
  5. Ensembles will receive judges’ comments within a week of the adjudication date. 
Prize Details:
  1. Standout ensembles may be awarded cash prizes: The First Prize is $450, Second is $350, and Third is $200.
  2. Awarded ensembles will be invited to perform in the Young Musicians Concert Series in the MIM Music Theater.
  3. Awarded ensembles may receive additional performance opportunities as they are announced.

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Questions? Contact Ben Baer, Manager of Education, Youth Performance, and Community Programming, at 480.422.8431 or competition@azmusicfest.org for more information.

2022 Young Musicians Competition:

Keyboard Percussion

Competition Date: April 30, 2022

Application Details:
  1. Application Due Date: April 4, 2022
    1. Complete Application
  2. Application Fee: $25
    1. Submit Application Fee
  3. Performers must be Arizona
  4. Performers must be in grades seven through
  5. Early submission is advised. It is possible that the number of available slots for performers will be filled before the end of the application submission Any additional entrants who apply within the submission period for whom there is no slot will be placed on a waiting list. If no slot becomes available, the applicant will be informed and entry fee returned.
  6. No application refunds will be given in the event of applicant.
Music Details
  1. Performers must perform two (2) selections on Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, or Glockenspiel
    • Performers may choose to perform on only one instrument or two. There is no penalty for performing both selections on one instrument.
    • One instrument per piece
  2. Music chosen for the Competition must be standard literature chosen from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic,or Contemporary
    • Pieces written for other instruments (eg. Bach cello suites), but not simplified versions, are acceptable
    • Accompanied pieces must be performed with accompanist. Musicfest will not provide an accompanist.
  3. Arizona Musicfest does not provide a list of required or recommended.
  4. Music does not need to be memorized.
  5. Performers must provide an original and two copies of the piece(s) they will perform. The score(s) must have measures numbered and cuts marked (if any) so the judges can use them as a reference during the performer’s All music will be returned directly after the performer’s performance.
  6. If your music is in the public domain, the score should be clearly marked “Public Domain” or a cover sheet indicating that should be included.
Division Details:
  1. All performers are in the same Division
  2. All performers will receive a 10-minute warmup time prior to their performance.
  3. All performers will have a 12-minute performance slot in which to perform their two pieces.
Location Details:
  1. The competition will be held at Arizona Musicfest: 7950 E Thompson Peak Scottsdale, AZ 85255.
  2. One marimba (4.3-octave, Low-A), one vibraphone (3-octave graduate bar), one xylophone (3.5-octave), and one glockenspiel (2.5-octave, no pedal) will be available in the Performance Space.
  3. Performers will receive an Arrival Time that is 15-minutes before their scheduled Warm-Up time. Please plan to arrive no later than your assigned Arrival Time.
Adjudication Details:
  1. Judges will stop performers if their performance exceeds the competition time There is no penalty if a performer needs to be stopped.
  2. Judges may elect to award ‘Excellent’ and ‘Superior’ ratings to students demonstrating high levels of artistry in their Ratings will only be awarded with unanimous recommendation from the committee.
  3. Prizes are awarded to performers who display the highest level of artistic
    • Judges have the option to withhold prizes; their decisions are final
  4. All students will receive Judges’ comments within a week of the adjudication 
Prize Details:
  1. Standout Performers may be awarded monetary prizes:
    • First Prize: $450
    • Second Prize: $350
    • Third Prize: $200
  2. Awarded Performers may receive performance opportunities as they are available and announced

Print This Information
Complete Application
Submit Application Fee

Questions? Email competition@azmusicfest.org