Young Artist Instrumental Competition: Rules and Regulations

  1. Contestants must be residents of Albany, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Jefferson, Lewis, Onondaga, Oneida, Oswego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, St. Lawrence, Warren, or Washington Counties. 
  2. The competition is open to instrumentalists in grades 7 through 12. This includes Woodwinds, Brass, Strings, Keyboard, Percussion, Piano, and Harp.
  3. Contestants must be prepared to play a piece or movement from the Repertoire List FROM MEMORY. The length of the work is limited to 15 minutes or one movement. Please click here for the Repertoire List.
  4. Contestants must audition live on Zoom. A link will be emailed to all applicants one week prior to the event. 
  5. Contestants must submit a pdf of their audition piece (solo part and piano reduction or score) by email to one week before the competition. 
  6. At the discretion of the judges, contestants may be interrupted or subjected to time restrictions.
  7. The decision of the judges is final, and the judges reserve the right not to award any level of the prizes.
  8. The competition will take place live via Zoom, the link to be emailed to each participant one week in advance of the event, with a specific audition time. Participants will be in a "waiting room" until admitted to the live Zoom session.
  9. Due to the pandemic, the First Place winner will be invited to perform, if possible, with the Orchestra of Northern New York at a future date. 
  10. Second & Third Place winners will be mailed a check in the amount of his/her cash prize.
  11. All screenshots taken and photos submitted are the property of The Orchestra of Northern New York, and may be used for publicity purposes without compensation.
  12. Entries must be post-marked by January 29, 2021. No late entries will be accepted. Each entry must include:

     A. Completed Application/Teacher Certification Form. Only complete forms will be considered. Click here for the application. 
     B. Non-refundable application fee of $50 made payable to: The Orchestra of Northern New York.
     C. Electronic file of photo and 100-word bio
     D. A pdf of required music.

Email completed application and ALL required materials to:

OR mail them to:

ONNY Young Artists Competition 
P.O. Box 488 
Potsdam, NY 13676