2023 Young Artist Awards Competition

We are planning to revive the competition this year, following a two-year interruption due to COVID.

Every Spring Palisades Symphony, Inc. invites talented young local instrumentalists who are able to perform a movement of a concerto with orchestra to audition for an award and the chance to play with the Palisades Symphony in a concert scheduled in early June. The concerto must be from the standard repertoire, the orchestration must be readily available, and the selected movement must be memorized.

Auditions are open to students residing in or attending a school located in Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Malibu, Topanga, or Brentwood. Former winners may not apply with the same instrument in the same grade level. In case of a tie, the prize will be shared. Awards are given in the following categories:

  • Grade level 1-6: first place winner(s) will receive $100.
  • Grade level 7-9: first place winner(s) will receive $200.
  • Grade level 10-12: first place winner(s) will receive $200.

  • In addition, Special Scholarships may be awarded. For these scholarships, former winners may apply in the same grade level. The winners may receive $500 or $1000 each.

Students are required to bring their own accompanist to the auditions, which are held at Mercer Hall, on the campus of Palisades High School, 15777 Bowdoin St., Pacific Palisades (directions).

Palisades Symphony will chose independent judges from the music profession. Their decision will be final, including the decision not to give an award in any or all of the categories, if they should feel that the contestants are not ready to play with the orchestra.

Applications to the audition do not require a special form, but must include name, address, zip, phone, age, school and grade, an application fee of $10, and a brief biographical sketch, including musical training and experience, the name of the current teacher, and the work or works the contestant is prepared to perform.

All entries are to be sent to Palisades Symphony, P.O. Box 214, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272.

For details of this year's competition (application deadline, audition date, and concert date) please contact competition chair Rebecca Rodman at (360) 540-6245 or at her email, rodman.becky@gmail.com.