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: Justin Kang – Laveen
  • Student of Snezana Krstic & Jessica Yam
2nd Prize: Kyle Gu – Chandler
  • Student of Yuerong Gong
3rd Prize: Kanade Noda – Goodyear
  • Student of Baruch Meir
Superior Rating:
  • Clayton Schmitt – Gilbert
    • Student of Jennifer Ju
Excellent Rating
  • Jackson Li – Phoenix
    • Student of Baruch Meir

Division II (9th & 10th Grade)

1st Prize: Daniel Kang – Laveen
  • Student of  Snezana Krstic & Jessica Yam
2nd Prize: Lawrence Wen – Phoenix
  • Student of  Hong Zhu
3rd Prize: Claire Xu – Peoria
  • Student of  Snezana Krstic
Superior Rating:
  • Aidan Yu – Chandler
    • Student of Yuerong Gong
  • Abigail Jung – Tucson
    • Student of Ji-Young Kim
Excellent Rating
  • Yoobin Cha – Tempe
    • Student of Soo yoen Kim
  • Stephanie Lobodanescu – Phoenix
    • Student of Radmilla Stojanovic-Kiriluk
  • Raymond Cheng – Tempe
    • Student of Qing Qing Ye

Division III (11th & 12th Grade)

1st Prize: Tony Kim – Phoenix
  • Student of  Yali Luo
2nd Prize (shared): Asuka Firdaus – Scottsdale
  • Student of  Snezana Krstic
2nd Prize (shared): Yuna Kang
  • Student of  Snezana Krstic & Jessica Yam
Superior Rating:
  • Olivia Zhao – Chandler
    • Student of Yuerong Gong
  • Angelina Zhang – Chandler
    • Student of Hong Zhu
Excellent Rating
  • Annie Qin
    • Student of Natalya Thran

Strings, Harp, & Guitar

Division I (7th & 8th Grade)

1st Prize: Joshua Lee, violin – Phoenix
  • Student of Jooyeon Han
2nd Prize: Sophie Kim, cello – Phoenix
  • Student of Thomas Landschoot
3rd Prize: Alex Gong, viola – Chandler
  • Student of Susanne Rothaar

Division II (9th & 10th Grade)

1st Prize: Jonathan Okseniuk, violin – Mesa
  • Student of  Jing Zeng
2nd Prize: Abraham Kim, cello – Laveen
  • Student of  Jamie Kellogg
3rd Prize (shared): Miles Nahf, guitar – Tucson
  • Student of  Michael Lich
3rd Prize (shared): Audrey Zhang, harp – Chandler
  • Student of Alla Yashneva
Superior Rating:
  • Megan Williams, harp – Chandler
    • Student of Susan Knapp Thomas
  • Emma Xi, violin – Chandler
    • Student of Chrystal Smothers
  • Katherine Li, violin – Tempe
    • Student of Jing Zeng
Excellent Rating
  • Chloe Bond, harp – Tucson
    • Student of Michelle Gott
  • Andrew Yang, violin – Scottsdale
    • Student of Jing Zeng

Division III (11th & 12th Grade)

1st Prize: Seungchan Aiden Min, violin – Chandler
  • Student of  Steven Moeckel
2nd Prize: Brandon Lee, viola – Chandler
  • Student of  Susanne Rothaar
3rd Prize: Caroline Ma, viola – Chandler
  • Student of Susanne Rothaar
Superior Rating:
  • Louisa Ma, violin – Chandler
    • Student of Susanne Rothaar
Excellent Rating
  • Brian Yong, violin – Chandler
    • Student of Steven Moeckel

Woodwinds & Brass

Division II (9th & 10th Grade)

1st Prize: Elizabeth Ovelil – Chandler
  • Student of  Brian Gordon
2nd Prize: George Li – Oro Valley
  • Student of  Joe DeRead

Division III (11th & 12th Grade)

1st Prize: Felix Shen, flute – Scottsdale
  • Student of Elizabeth Buck
2nd Prize: Candice Liu, flute – Chandler
  • Student of Elizabeth Buck
3rd Prize: Kaelan James, clarinet – Phoenix
  • Student of Stefanie Gardner
Excellent Rating
  • Richard Cheng, flute – Chandler
    • Student of Jenna Daum

2022 Young Musicians Competition:

Piano

Competition Date: March 19 & 20, 2022

Application Details:
  1. Application Due Date: February 21, 2022
    1. The Application Deadline has passed. Please email competitions@azmusicfest.org for more information.
  2. Application Fee: $25
  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

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Submit Application Fee

Questions? Email competition@azmusicfest.org