2022/23 JSO*YAC

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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.


Click here to view details about the April 2023 Young Artists Concert.

2022 JSO*YAC - First Place

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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

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Daniel Gostein

YAC 2020, marimba


Samuel Vargas

YAC 2019, violin


Kamalia Freyling

YAC 2017, clarinet


Alexander Hersh

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 jso.yac@gmail.com for any further inquiries and we will continue to post updates on this page.


 JSO*YAC utilizes the network ACCEPTD for the competition process; interested artists should visit our profile on ACCEPTD in March for competition guidelines and application materials.

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