December 1, 2020
Announcing YPSCA’s 2021 Concerto Competition for Student Musicians
The Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Symphony Concert Association (YPSCA) was founded in 1911 to help launch and support the Orchestra’s Young People’s Concerts. These concerts are still central to YPSCA’s role 109 years later, and many young people first hear the Minnesota Orchestra, or in fact any symphony orchestra, when they attend a Young People’s Concert.
Since 1955 YPSCA has also mounted an annual Concerto Competition for advanced student musicians in grades 7 through 12. Ninety-five young musicians have won the Competition, and the majority have gone on to performance careers with major U.S. and international orchestras, to teaching positions at conservatories and universities, or to solo performance careers.
YPSCA’s 64th annual Concerto Competition will be held in March 2021. The top prize winner will be invited to perform with the Minnesota Orchestra in a set of Young People’s Concerts in the 2021-22 season and will receive the $1,500 Edwin W. and Edith B. Norberg Trust Award. Other cash prizes will be presented to finalists.
Each contestant prepares a portion of a major work, such as a concerto movement, to perform from memory. Performances are judged by professional musicians in strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and keyboard.
- Friday, January 29, 2021: Application deadline
- Saturday, March 6, 2021: Preliminary Round at the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music
- Saturday, March 20, 2021: Final Round at Orchestra Hall
Note: If the COVID-19 pandemic does not allow for an in-person competition, the Preliminary Round will be conducted via unedited video submission. A decision will be made by February 12, 2021, and details will be communicated to all applicants.
Additional information, including detailed guidelines for students, is available on YPSCA’s website.
Please share this information with advanced young musicians you know!
Photo at top: Finalists at the 2020 YPSCA Young People’s Concerto Competition at Orchestra Hall in early March 2020.