2023 JSO Young Artists Competition
The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition (JSO*YAC) returns for its 63rd year. Each competition cycle, JSO*YAC attracts rising musicians to Colorado for a live-audition and performance opportunities. This year, the contest welcomes classical pianists ages 23 and younger, from national and international music institutions. All movements of an applicant's select concerto must be uploaded via Acceptd by October 14. Finalists notified by November 8.
The JSO*YAC live finals take place at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colo. on Saturday, January 14, 2023. The top finalist of JSO*YAC performs their winning concerto repertoire with Jefferson Symphony Orchestra and conductor Scott O'Neil in April 2023 in Golden, Colo., and receives $5000 in cash prizes.
2022 JSO*YAC - First Place
Ji Eun Park, 22, attended Yewon Music School in Seoul, South Korea. Recently, she finished her Bachelor and Master's studies from the Julliard school in an accelerated program. She is currently pursuing her Artists Diploma from the Royal College of Music in London.
She performed her winning repertoire, William Walton's Viola Concerto, with Jefferson Symphony and guest conductor Arturo Gonzalez at our annual Young Artists concert — March 27, 2022 at the Green Center in Golden.
Previous Winners of JSO*YAC
YAC 2020, marimba
YAC 2019, violin
YAC 2017, clarinet
YAC 2016, cello
Each year the instrumental focus changes: JSO*YAC '23 for pianists performing concerto repertoire or similar works; and JSO*YAC'24 for brass, woodwind and percussion. Jefferson Symphony invites you to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any further inquiries and we will continue to post updates on this page.
“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.”
“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!”