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The Experience

“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to come to Colorado and play for the judges, audience and my peers. It is sometimes very hard as a young musician to find rewarding venues to play for. Here, the music is obviously treasured by the listeners and participants alike. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. I could not have hoped for a better weekend.”

– Finalist

“The finalists are all winners! It was a very exciting event to judge. It was revitalizing to be able to listen to such high quality performances, which reflect the musicians' dedication to their art. It made me want to go home and practice!”

– Judge

The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra


2016 International Young Artists Competition – Instrumental (non-piano)

P.O. Box 546
Golden, CO 80402-0546
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2016 Competition (Award Winners)
1 Alexander Hersh (Cello) Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 - Schumann
2 Catherine Winters (Flute) Flute Concerto - Nielsen
3 William Cravy (Bass) Concerto for Double-Bass in F♯ minor, Op. 3 - Koussevitzky
View 2016 biographies (finalists and judges).

2016 Performances
Alexander Hersh will perform with the Jefferson Symphony on Sunday, February 21, 2016 (3 P.M.) at the Green Center in Golden, Colorado.
The day before, Alexander Hersh will play a short program of his own choosing at Rockley Music Center. (Details will be posted soon.)

Special thanks go to our co-sponsor, Colorado Christian University Music Center, for hosting our annual event this year.

Co-Sponsored by Colorado Christian University

Started in 1959, the Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition celebrates the talent of outstanding young musicians. Held annually, this one-day competition – originally a contest meant to give local students their first experience at public performance – has evolved into a gathering of international musicians competing for substantial cash awards.

Piano competitions are held in odd-numbered years. Instrumental competitions take place in even-numbered years.