In keeping with our mission, the purpose of our concerto competition is to provide a solo performance opportunity for a young artist of the Bsvard Symphony Youth Orchestra who has studied diligently and is prepared to perform a solo with the orchestra in accompaniment.

2021-2022 BSYO Concerto Competition Rules 

  • The competition is open only to BSYO  students in good standing. 

  • Students may only enter on the instrument they play in the BSYO. 

  • Winners from previous year’s Concerto Competition are ineligible to apply on the same instrument, but may enter on a different instrument. 

  • Applicants should choose one (1) movement from a concerto or similar work.

  • The artistic staff will approve all selections. Students will be notified within one week if the piece is accepted for the competition.

  • Applicants must submit the official application properly signed by the applicant, the applicant’s teacher and his or her parent or guardian no later than November 30, 2020.

    • No late entries will be accepted. 


  • Judging will take place on January 13, 2021.  Piano accompaniment is required.

  • Students are responsible for securing an accompanist & compensating the pianist for individual preparation.

  • BSYO will compensate the accompanist for the time spent on January 13, 2021 for the competition.

  • The decisions of the judges will be considered final. 

  • The winner will perform as a soloist with orchestral accompaniment in
 the Final Concert in May of 2021.

  • Failure to comply with these rules and with any supplemental rules issued by the BSYO can result in the disqualification of the applicant. 

  • Application and interpretation of the above rules shall be at the sole discretion of the BSYO Artistic and Administrative Directors.

The 2021 Concerto Competition was held on Wed. January 13, 2021 at Suntree United Methodist Church. We are most grateful to the adjudicators:  BJ Butler, John Kuntz, and Tabitha Bennett. We also thank the accompanists: Betty Jo Couch and Melanie Richardson.

First place: Ian Woodrich, Viola                Concerto for Viola and Orchestra  William Walton

Second place:  Alec McDaniel, Oboe       Oboe Concerto in C major, movement 1    Mozart

                         Ben Walding, Cello           E'duard Lalo Cello Concerto in D minor    Lalo

Third place:  Ava Howell, Violin                 Concerto # 2 in G minor, OP.8 " Summer"   Vivaldi

                                                                           movement 1, Allegro non molto

Sam Marquis, violin                                  Violin Concerto in C major, OP.48   Kabelevsky

Mikey Woodrich, violin                              Mendelssohn Violin concerto E minor, OP.64

Abby Goodman, violin                              Concerto in A major      Mozart