Jefferson Symphony Orchestra



The Competition

Starting March 2022, JSO*YAC is receiving applications via Acceptd.

Begin your application and audition requirements here

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The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition (JSO*YAC) provides opportunities for aspiring young musicians to perform live in front of an audience and a panel of judges for cash awards including $5000 Grand Prize and our invitation to perform with the JSO.

  Round 1 March through November 01, 2022

  • Details coming soon. Check back in March for full competition guidelines for JSO*YAC 2023, for piano!

  Round 2 Live Finals in Colorado on January 2023


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