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The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra

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


2018 International Young Artists Competition – Piano

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Golden, CO 80402-0546
(303) 278-4237

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2018 Competition (Piano)

Application deadline for Round One, recorded submissions and receipt of the $75 application fee is 5 P.M. on Friday, November 3, 2017.

Round Two, the live competition for the top 12 finalists, will be on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Colorado Christian University.

Applicants must be born after December 31, 1994 and be enrolled in an accredited educational institution.

Our winner will perform his or her winning piano concerto with the Jefferson Symphony in early 2018. (The date and location of the concert have yet to be determined; they will be posted promptly when known.)

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.