Jefferson Symphony Orchestra



Dates + Awards

Starting March 2021, JSO*YAC is receiving applications via Acceptd.

Begin your application and audition requirements here

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  • MARCH--OCTOBER  --  JSO*YAC opens via Acceptd.

  • NOVEMBER 1  --  Deadline for Round 1 submission.

  • NOVEMBER 15  --  Twelve Finalists Announced for Round 2 live-audition.


  • JANUARY 15  --  Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition  

    • (Round 2 Live Finals + Top-Three Winners Recital in Lakewood, CO.)

  • MARCH 25  --  YAC Benefit Recital, Friday 7:00pm                         

    • (Chamber recital for patrons in Golden, CO.)

  • MARCH 27  --  Young Artists Concert, Sunday 3:00pm                             

    • (Featuring YAC winner with Maestro William Morse at the Green Center.)

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2019 YAC Winners (L to R):

Jason Donnelly, euphonium -- Third Place

Jessica Shand, flute -- Second Place

Daniel Gostein, marimba -- First Place

The JSO*YAC, now in its 62nd year, offers cash prizes and exceptional solo opportunities for talented performers. First Prize winner receives $5,000 and our invitation to perform with the Jefferson Symphony and Dr. William Morse. Second and Third prizes include cash and recital opportunities. 

  First Place:

  • Feature performance with JSO + Maestro William Morse as our 2022 Young Artist

  • Solo recital (performer's choice of works) for JSO patrons

  • Guest performance at JSO*YAC Winner's Recital

  • $5000 cash prizes*

  Second Place:

  • Guest performance at JSO*YAC Winner's Recital

  • recognition of achievement from JSO media

  • $2000 cash prizes*

  Third Place:

  • Guest performance at JSO*YAC Winner's Recital

  • recognition of achievement from JSO media

  • $1000 cash prizes*

*The JSO*YAC committee awards $1000 towards each cash prize immediately following the competition in January.

Remaining awards to First and Second place are distributed after the Young Artists Concert in March 2022. 


JSO*YAC Experiences


“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to come to Colorado and play for the judges, audience and my peers. It is sometimes very hard as a young musician to find rewarding venues to play for. Here, the music is obviously treasured by the listeners and participants alike. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. I could not have hoped for a better weekend.”

– Finalist 

“The finalists are all winners! It was a very exciting event to judge. It was revitalizing to be able to listen to such high quality performances, which reflect the musicians' dedication to their art. It made me want to go home and practice!”

– Judge

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Dr. William Morse

Music Director and Principal Conductor