An invitation to Arizona’s finest young musicians
The 2022 Dorothy Vanek Youth Concerto Competition invites talented young music students to prepare and perform one movement of a concerto. The competition is designed to recognize and support the outstanding young musicians in our community, polish performance skills and build real-life experience.
Competitors will vie for awards of up to $1,000, SASO season tickets and the possibility of performing as a soloist with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra.
This year’s competition features two divisions: a regular division for students ages 15 to 18, and a junior division for students age 14 and under.
If you are or know of a music student who might be interested, take advantage of this valuable opportunity. Apply by December 31, 2021. The competition will be held in early January, 2022 on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson.
All orchestral instruments, including piano, harp, and saxophone.
Regular division: any public, private or home school student from age 15 to 18 (as of February 15, 2021) who has not yet graduated from high school is eligible to compete.
Junior division: students under the age of 15 who are at advanced enough musical level to perform a concerto movement.
Please fill in and submit our online application before the deadline of December 31, 2021.
- Student should prepare one movement from standard concerto repertoire. All works should be for solo instrument and orchestra.
- Please limit audition length to 10 minutes.
- Music performed should be memorized.
- Three copies of the music are to be provided to the judges.
- Student must provide their own accompanist.
GOLD: $1,000 & two SASO season tickets
SILVER: $500 & two SASO season tickets
BRONZE: $250 & two SASO season tickets
GOLD: $300 & two SASO season tickets
SILVER: $200 & two SASO season tickets
BRONZE: $100 & two SASO season tickets
At the judges’ discretion, one or more of the winners may be invited to perform as a soloist with SASO during the 2022 season.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Dorothy Vanek Youth Concerto Competition!
- First Prize: Graham Fawson, piano (performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Mvt. 1 with SASO, February 15 & 16)
- Second Prize: Bethany Radtke, cello
- Third Prize: Andrew Nix, violin
- First Prize: Joshua Thai, violin
- Second Prize: Jacqueline Rodenbeck, violin
- Third Prize: Campbell Stewart, xylophone
Senior Division (ages 15 to 18)
1st Prize: Kai Skaggs, violin (invited to perform with SASO in March 2019)
2nd Prize: Minu Kim, piano
3rd Prize: Andrew Nix, violin
Junior Division (ages 14 and under)
1st Prize: Ayla Moreno, piano
2nd Prize: Jacqueline Rodenbeck, violin
3rd Prize: Naomi Turner, cello
This year’s applicant pool was exceptionally strong, and the judges were impressed with the overall level of virtuosity displayed. Kudos to all of this year’s applicants for their hard work and remarkable talent!
Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Dorothy Vanek Youth Concerto Competition!
First Prize: Claire Thai, harp
Second Prize: Jacqueline Rodenbeck, violin
Third Prize: Jessica Zhang, piano
Many thanks to all the participants for their hard work and outstanding performances in the competition.