Ehlers Young Artist Concerto Competition


CANCELLED for 2020 - 2021

With great regret, the Concord Orchestra has decided to cancel the Young Artist Concerto Competition for the 2020 - 2021 season. As we contemplate the current state of the pandemic here in Massachusetts and look ahead into January - March of 2021, there is too much uncertainty and complication around gathering together for live auditions and full orchestra rehearsals for us to proceed.

Concord Orchestra musicians and the audience members love this event. We will miss working with such accomplished and inspiring young musicians and listening to their superb performances.

We expect to hold the competition next season (2021 - 2022) and hope that many of you who have/would have applied this season will apply at that time.

Stay safe and keep practicing!

About the competition (original 2020 - 2021 notice)

Each year one of our concerts features a young performer who has won our concerto competition. In addition to performing with the orchestra, the winner receives a cash prize from the Ehlers Memorial Scholarship Fund.

This season's Young Artist Concerto Competition winner will perform with the orchestra on Friday March 19 and Saturday March 20, 2021. Up to two other applicants may be invited to play prelude recitals before the Friday or Saturday concerts.

Audition dates will be announced September - October 2020.
We expect the auditions to be held on a Wed and Thu in January 2021, 7:30 - 10:30pm in Concord, MA.

The Ehlers Young Artist Concerto Competition is open to musicians of high school age or younger who reside in eastern Massachusetts. All orchestral instruments are considered, including piano. Each entrant auditions to play an entire concerto or similar work, suitable for performance with the orchestra. The winner is chosen by a panel of orchestra members and the music director through auditions.

The Ehlers Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 in memory of Charles and Arlene Ehlers, past orchestra friends and supporters. Contributions to perpetuate this fund may be mailed to The Concord Orchestra at P.O. Box 381, Concord, MA 01742.

For reference purposes only. Please do not apply!  Application Form


2020 Young Artist Competition Winners

Winner: Andrew Gu, 13, piano, Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat Major

Runner up: Fei Yang-Sady, 12, violin. Invited to play Friday recital.

Runner up: Kaitlyn Kaminuma, 14, violin. Invited to play Saturday recital.


2019 Young Artist Competition Winners

Winner: Hayden Idson, Cello, Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme

Runner up: Zehavi Rodriguez, 13, Cello

Runner up: Hannah Ryu, 17, Violin


2018 Young Artist Competition Winners

Winner: Alexander Goldberg, Violin, Prokofiev Violin Concerto Number 2

Runner Up: Hayden Idson, Cello. Invited to play Saturday recital

Runner Up: Hotin Chan, Cello. Invited to play Friday recital