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: Yuha Kim – Tucson
    • Student of Ji-Young Kim
  • 2nd Prize: Stephanie Lobodanescu – Phoenix
    • Student of Radmila Stojanovic-Kiriluk
  • 3rd Prize: Zhen Tao – Chandler
    • Student of Yali Luo
  • 3rd Prize: Hannah Lui – Tucson
    • Student of Ji-Young Kim
  • Honorable Mention:
    • Lawrence Wen, Daniel Kang, Claire Xu, Marina Galasso

Division II (9th & 10th Grade)

  • 1st Prize: Miles Fawson – Gilbert
    • Student of Baruch Meir
  • 2nd Prize: Morgan Beckstead – Queen Creek
    • Student of Fei Xu
  • 3rd Prize: Asuka Firdaus – Scottsdale
    • Student of Snezana Krstic
  • 3rd Prize: Jerilynn Solomon – Queen Creek
    • Student of Fei Xu
  • Honorable Mention:
    • Yuna Kang, Tony Kim

Division III (11th & 12th Grade)

  • 1st Prize: Jessica Zhang – Chandler
    • Student of Fei Xu
  • 2nd Prize: Vivian Zhao – Chandler
    • Student of Fei Xu
  • 3rd Prize: Zachariah Gass – Chandler
    • Student of Baruch Meir
  • Honorable Mention:
    • Sarah Zhao, Damian Galasso

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

*The 2020 Strings, Winds & Brass, Voice, and Chamber competitions were not held due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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

2021 Online Competition: Piano

Application Due Date: March 1, 2021

Recording Due Date: March 1, 2021

Application Details:
  1. Complete the Online Application Here: Application Page
  2. Application Fee: $25 – Submit Here
  3. Scores and recordings must be submitted with the Application.
  4. Competitors must be Arizona residents.
  5. Competitors must be in grades seven through twelve.
  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. Competitors must provide a pdf copy of the score(s) for 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 while reviewing the Competitor’s recording. Scores must be submitted with the online application.
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:

DivisionNumber of PiecesPerformance Duration
I (Grades 7 & 8)1 or 27 minutes
II (Grades 9 & 10)1 or 210 minutes
III (Grades 11 & 12)215 minutes
Recording Details:
  1. Recordings are due with the application. Applications without recordings will not be accepted.
  2. All submissions must be recorded on video. Audio-only recordings will not be accepted.
  3. Recordings must be in one take, recorded live as they’re performed. If performing two pieces, both must be recorded in the same take.
  4. Recordings do not have to be uniquely made for the Arizona Musicfest competition but should have been produced within the last year.
  5. The Competitor’s hands and face should be in frame throughout the performance.
  6. Recordings must be submitted through Google Drive, WeTransfer, Dropbox, or YouTube link.
  7. Arizona Musicfest reserves the right to use the video recordings submitted for promotional purposes. No extra fee will be paid to the Competitors.
Adjudication Details:
  1. Judges will convene and review each recording at the same time. There will be no pausing, rewinding, or repeating of student recordings.
  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. Judges will comment only on the Competitor’s performance; recording quality will not factor into prize and award decisions.
  4. Prizes are awarded at the end of each division to Competitors who display the highest level of artistic excellence.
  5. Judges have the option to award and/or withhold prizes; their decisions are final.
  6. Adjudication date(s) will be announced on or before March 1, 2021, will be in the month of March, and will be based on Judge availability and number of submissions.
  7. All Competitors will receive Judges’ comments within a week of adjudication.
Prize Details:
  1. Standout Competitors from each Division may be awarded monetary prizes in the amounts detailed below.
  2. Awarded Competitors may receive performance opportunities as they are available and announced.
DivisionFirst PrizeSecond PrizeThird 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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Complete Application
Submit Application Fee

For more information, please contact Ben Baer, Manager of Education, Youth Performance, and Community Programming at 480-422-8431 or competition@azmusicfest.org.

2021 Online Competition: Strings, Harp, &  Guitar

Application Due Date: March 1, 2021

Recording Due Date: March 1, 2021

Application Details:
  1. Complete the Online Application Here: Application Page
  2. Application Fee: $25 – Submit Here
  3. Scores and recordings must be submitted with the Application.
  4. Competitors must be Arizona residents.
  5. Competitors must be in grades seven through twelve.
  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 will not be accepted.
  2. Accompanied pieces must be performed with a live accompanist. Pre-recorded accompanying tracks will not be accepted.
  3. Arizona Musicfest does not provide a list of required or recommended repertoire.
  4. Music must be memorized.
  5. Competitors must provide a pdf copy of the score(s) for 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 while reviewing the competitor’s recording.
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:

DivisionNumber of PiecesPerformance Duration
I (Grades 7 & 8)1 or 27 minutes
II (Grades 9 & 10)1 or 210 minutes
III (Grades 11 & 12)215 minutes
Recording Details:
  1. Recordings are due with the application. Applications without recordings will not be accepted.
  2. All submissions must be recorded on video. Audio-only recordings will not be accepted.
  3. Recordings must be in one take, recorded live as they’re performed. If performing two pieces, both must be recorded in the same take.
  4. Recordings do not have to be uniquely made for the Arizona Musicfest competition, but should have been produced within the last year.
  5. The competitor’s hands and face should be in frame throughout the recording, as should the accompanist.
  6. Recordings may be submitted by Google Drive, WeTransfer, Dropbox, or YouTube link.
  7. Arizona Musicfest reserves the right to use the video recordings submitted for promotional purposes. No extra fee will be paid to the Competitors.
 Adjudication Details:
  1. Judges will convene and review each recording at the same time. There will be no pausing, rewinding, or repeating of student recordings.
  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. Judges will comment only on the competitor’s performance; recording quality will not factor into prize and award decisions.
  4. Prizes are awarded at the end of each division to competitors who display the highest level of artistic excellence.
  5. Judges have the option to withhold prizes; their decisions are final.
  6. Adjudication date(s) will be announced on or before March 1, 2021, will be in the month of March, and will be based on Judge availability and number of submissions.
  7. All students will receive judges’ comments within a week of the adjudication date.
Prize Details:
  1. Standout competitors from each Division may be awarded monetary prizes in the amounts detailed below.
  2. Awarded competitors may receive performance opportunities as they are available and announced.
DivisionFirst PrizeSecond PrizeThird Prize
I (Grades 7 & 8)$200$100$50
II (Grades 9 & 10)$350$200$100
III (Grades 11 & 12)$450$350$200

Print This Information
Complete Application
Submit Application Fee

For more information, please contact Ben Baer, Manager of Education, Youth Performance, and Community Programming at 480-422-8431 or competition@azmusicfest.org.

Please note that the 2020/21 Winds and Brass Competition has been postponed. We will continue to monitor COVID-19-related updates and plan to host a competition as soon as we are able.

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

Please note that the 2020/21 Voice Competition has been postponed. We will continue to monitor COVID-19-related updates and plan to host a competition as soon as we are able.

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

Please note that the 2020/21 Chamber Ensemble Competition has been postponed. We will continue to monitor COVID-19-related updates and plan to host a competition as soon as we are able.

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