JSO*YAC 2021/22

Jefferson Symphony Orchestra




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

Begin your application and audition requirements here

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  • JSO*YAC consists of two rounds: a recorded submission via Acceptd Round 1, and a live competition Round 2 of up to twelve finalists selected from Round 1.

  • The JSO*YAC is open to musicians under 23 years--applicants born after January 15, 1998. Our 2021/22 competition cycle is for classical strings artists performing concerto repertoire or similar works: violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, and harp. 

  • Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited educational institution or home-schooled.

  • If you are unsure whether your exact situation qualifies, please contact our office for clarification. Previous first-place winners may not re-apply. Send inquiries to JSO.YAC@gmail.com

  • The submitted piece, which needs to include all movements, must be one for which orchestral parts are generally available.

  • Memorization of the entire piece is required for the Round 2 live competition and concert.

  • Finalists for the live competition are responsible for their own travel expenses. Lodging and meals may be available with local host families on request. Contact jso.yac@gmail.com for details.

  • Award Recipients (First, Second, and Third Place) — with accompanists — are required to perform their pieces at a public recital on the evening of the live competition in January.

  • The First Place winner will appear as soloist with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra. In addition:

    • The First Place winner must perform the same piece used to win the competition in Round 2 - the same piece submitted as a recording in Round 1.

    • The First Place winner is required to attend orchestra rehearsals on the Thursday evening and Saturday morning prior to the concert.

    • The First Place winner will be required to perform a 30-minute solo recital (performer’s choice of repertoire) for a public fund-raiser event on the Friday preceding the Young Artists Concert in March.

  • Travel costs are the responsibility of the award winner.

  • Entry in the competition constitutes the entrant’s authorization to use his or her name, photograph and application information for publicity purposes. Recording of the concert performance becomes the property of the Jefferson Symphony.


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