Ehlers Young Artist Concerto Competition

About the competition

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 January 24 and Saturday January 25, 2020. Up to two other applicants may be invited to play prelude recitals before the Friday or Saturday concerts.

Auditions will be held in November 2019.

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, less than 25 minutes in duration, 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.

To apply please complete and mail the attached application:

Application Form

Congratuations to our 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