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Jefferson Symphony Orchestra


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The Competition

Starting May 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 May through October 14, 2022

Two judges adjudicate all applicant submissions and move 12 finalists into the live round in January. All movements of your select concerto must be uploaded via Acceptd. Finalists notified by November 8. 

  Round 2 Live Finals in Colorado on January 14, 2023

All twelve contestants perform in a live finals round for a panel of three judges. The competition concludes with a Top Three Winner's Recital.

2023 JSO*YAC Winners: (L to R)

Yifu Xu, third place;

Steven Dong, second place;

Hans-Derek Yu, first place 


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

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