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 Guidelines & Rules 


  • The JSO*YAC is open to musicians born after January 18, 1996. This year's competition is for woodwinds, brass and percussion. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited educational institution or home-schooled (thus students, primarily). If you are unsure whether your exact situation qualifies, please contact our office for clarification. Previous FIRST PLACE winners may not reapply.

  • JSO*YAC consists of two rounds: a recorded submission (Round 1), and a live competition (Round 2) of up to 12 finalists selected from Round 1.

  • 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 info@jeffsymphony.org 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 – January 18, 2020.

  • 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 award winner's concert

    (7 PM Friday, March 13, 2020).

  • The First Place winner will appear as soloist with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra on that Sunday (3 PM March 15, 2020). 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 the Thursday evening orchestra rehearsal and the Saturday morning dress rehearsal prior to the concert performance.

    • 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 biographical information for publicity purposes. Recording of the concert performance becomes the property of the Jefferson Symphony.

Please include 2020 JSYAC on the SUBJECT LINE if you have a question about the 2020 competition.

 The Experience 


“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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