For over 40 years the Durham Symphony has been carrying out its mission to further music education and support emerging artists by holding a yearly Young Artists Competition for musicians ages 13-21. The winner of the competition has the honor of performing a movement of their winning concerto with the Durham Symphony at one of its classical concerts.

DSO 2016 Young Artist Competition

To access the application and the rules, please click directly on the links below:

2015-16 YAC Application
DSOYACRules2015-16 (Update) 

Please send completed application and $50.00 non-refundable fee to:

Durham Symphony ~ PO Box 1993 ~ Durham, NC 27702

Please to learn more about our 2015 winner Ester Holiday, read here.

Previous Winners

2015- Esther Holliday- Tchaikovsky; Variations on a Rococo theme, for Cello and Orchestra

2014 – Mary Catherine Cox, violin – Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, 1st movement

2013 – Ledah Finck, violin – Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto No 5 in A minor

2012 – Colin Laursen, violin – Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, 1st movement

2011 – Steven Banks, Alto Saxophone — Paul Creston: Concerto for Alto Saxophone; Caroline Cox, Violin – Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, 1st movement; Christian Kazmierski, Viola – Walton: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, 1st movement

2010 – Rashad Hayward, clarinet and Charlton Holt, clarinet – Krommer: Concerto No. 2 in E Flat for two clarinets and orchestra; Rebecca Telford-Marx, violin – Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, 1st movement

2009 – Keiran Campbell, cello – Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33; Orin Laursen, violin – Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, 1st movement