Island Symphony Orchestra
About Our Young Performers Competition
Each year the ISO sponsors a “Young Performers Competition” in which music students across Long Island vie for the opportunity for a scholarship award and to perform a full classical concerto as a soloist with the orchestra.
This competition provides young musicians with much needed experience that prepares them for the challenges of a future career in music. Since this program began, the ISO has granted more than 25 performance opportunities to our First and Second Prize winners.
The competition is now closed to applications. Applications will again be accepted in September 2020 (See submission button below). Finalists are selected and auditions are conducted in January/February of the following year, with a winner selected shortly thereafter. The performance opportunity for the winner will generally occur in May or June at the ISO’s annual spring community concert.
Dylan Shih Wu
Dylan Shih Wu is a 15 year old who began his cello studies at age three. At age 9, he was admitted to the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School in New York City.
15-year-old pianist from Woodbury
15-year-old cellist from Amityville
Competition Rules and Guidelines
The ISO Young Performers Competition is open to all instrumentalists, 18 years old or younger, currently residing in Nassau or Suffolk Counties and studying with a private teacher.
To apply, the following application materials must be submitted to us electronically. CLICK ON THE SUBMISSION LINK ABOVE TO BEGIN THE APPLICATION PROCESS:
1. A completed ONLINE application form (available once you click the link to submit your application above). You will be asked for your name, age, address, email address, phone number, the title of the work you would like to perform in concert with us, any alternative works you might be ready to play, should your first choice not be appropriate to our needs, and a short biography of your musical training and background.
2. An audio recording of you, performing an entire movement from the work you wish to play,
with accompaniment. This submission (in mp3 file format) must be attached to your online application.
All works must be for soloist and orchestra.
Works for solo instrument alone or soloist and piano are not acceptable.
EXCERPTS or SINGLE MOVEMENTS from multi-movement works ARE NOT acceptable.
Video submissions are not acceptable.
(Please contact us if you encounter technical difficulties in submitting your audio file online.)
3. A confidential letter of recommendation from your current private music teacher (Hard copy only–this letter should be sent within 2 weeks of submitting your online application materials).
Island Symphony Orchestra
Young Performers’ Competition
P.O. Box 2185
Brentwood, NY 11717
Deadline: To be announced
All winners are expected to play a complete work at a Spring concert scheduled with the ISO.
This year, Finalists will be selected by a committee of orchestra members and contacted in late 2019/early 2020.
Live auditions will be scheduled in January 2020, and the winners announced by February 2020.
Cash scholarship awards will be presented at the June public concert performance only.
All submissions become the property of the ISO and will not be returned.
Previous First Prize winners are ineligible to reapply.
Please contact us at competition@IslandSymphony.org