Eligibility

The Competition will have two divisions: a Senior division and a Junior division.  The junior division is open to all non-professional music students who reside in the state of Arizona and who are in grades 6 – 8 on the dates of competition. Due to Covid-19 limitations, the senior division for the 2021 YMC will be open only to current members of PYSO grades 9-12 at the time of the application deadline.  The music student must be recommended by his/her private teacher, which is confirmed by his/her signature on the application. You may submit an application and pay your application fee online by visiting our website at www.pysorchestras.org.

For questions contact Todd Betz, Operations Manager.

Application and Fee Deadline

The $75 non-refundable fee for Senior Division and $50 non-refundable fee for Junior Division and application must be completed online by December 15, 2020 (Extended!). No applications will be accepted after 11:59 pm on December 15, 2020.

Apply Now

61st ANNUAL YOUNG MUSICIANS COMPETITION CONCERTO COMPETITION RULES AND REGULATIONS

Download Printable YMC 2021 Rules and Regulations for all divisions. (PDF)

Important Dates: Senior Division

First Round video submissions due January 5, 2021 (11:59 PM). Location: Online
Videos may be uploaded prior to the January 5, 2021 deadline.
(Notification of advancement to finals will be made by January 8 11:59 pm.)

Finalists announced at a Facebook Live event at 6:00 pm on January 8, 2021.

Finals, Sunday, January 10, 2021 (in person). Location: TBD.

Important Dates: Junior Division

Video submissions due January 5, 2021 (11:59 PM). Location: Online
Videos may be uploaded prior to the January 5, 2021 deadline.

(Winners will be notified on January 9, 2021.)

For Both Divisions: 

Application Open: November 1, 2020

Application Due: December 15, 2020 (Extended!)

Main Contact:

Todd Betz, Operations Manager

Email: opsmanager@pysorchestras.org

 

ELIGIBILITY

The Competition will have two divisions: a Senior division and a Junior division.  The junior division is open to all non-professional music students who reside in the state of Arizona and who are in grades 6 – 8 on the dates of competition. Due to Covid-19 limitations, the senior division for the 2021 YMC will be open only to current members of PYSO grades 9-12 at the time of the application deadline.  The music student must be recommended by his/her private teacher, which is confirmed by his/her signature on the application. You may submit an application and pay your application fee online by visiting our website at www.pysorchestras.org.

APPLICATION and FEE DEADLINE

The $75 non-refundable fee for Senior Division and $50 non-refundable fee for Junior Division and application must be completed online by December 15, 2020 (Extended!). No applications will be accepted after 11:59 pm on December 15, 2020.

COMPETITION REQUIREMENTS
  1. Each contestant shall be required to perform one movement of a standard concerto, or a composition for solo instrument and orchestra from memory.
  2. Contestants in the Junior and Senior Divisions may select from the Repertoire List. https://pysorchestras.org/ymc/repertoire/ Contestants may select a concerto or solo with available orchestral accompaniment not on the list, but only with the recommendation of his/her private teacher and only with approval by PYSO’s Artistic Director.
  3. To request a concerto not on the repertoire list send your request to Todd Betz by 11:59 pm on December 15, 2020. PYSO reserves the right to deny any requests made after this date.
  4. No student shall perform a composition which he/she performed in any previous Phoenix Youth Symphony Orchestras Young Musicians Competition.
  5. An accompanist is required for each division and round of the competition. Each contestant must provide his/her own accompanist. Percussionists are exempt from having an accompanist if their piece does not have an orchestral accompaniment. If this is the case, they will not be eligible to perform with The Phoenix Symphony.
  6. Maximum playing time will be ten minutes and must include the cadenza. It is highly recommended you consult your private teacher on any necessary cuts. For the online portion of the competition, judges will be instructed to stop the video at 10 minutes. For the final round on Sunday, January 10, 2021 contestants will be stopped at 10 minutes, without exception.
  7. Any change(s) to a contestant’s repertoire must be reported to Todd Betz by 11:59 pm. December 15, 2020.
  8. Piano contestants will be given one minute to become familiar with the piano on stage prior to beginning their audition.
  9. For the finals, contestants will be scheduled in a manner that will allow them a maximum of 30 minutes of warm-up time prior to performing.
  10. All contestants should review the ‘Video Submission Guidelines’ and ‘Video Recording Tips’.
  11. Contestants will receive the video upload link December 20, 2020.
  12. For the Junior Division and Senior Division first round, each contestant must upload a PDF of their music (with all cuts clearly indicated) along with their video for the judge’s consideration. For the finals (Senior Division Only), contestants must provide three copies of the solo to be performed for the judges’ use. The copies must not contain any marks identifying the contestant or teacher. The copies must have all measures numbered and any cuts clearly marked. 
AWARDS

JUNIOR DIVISION – GRADES 6 THROUGH 8

The first-place winner in each category (upper strings, lower strings, woodwinds, brass/percussion, and piano/harp) will receive a $500 cash prize.


SENIOR DIVISION – GRADES 9 THROUGH 12

Up to twelve finalists will be selected to perform in the final round on Sunday, January 10, 2021.  The top two winners will receive the opportunity to perform their concerto with The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall, date TBD.*  All finalists will win a scholarship to a camp or festival in order of their final ranking.* For additional information, please see Scholarship Rules. The Phoenix Youth Symphony Orchestras require the top five finalists to perform at the Competition Winners Luncheon – Date and location TBD.

*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, camp scholarship availability and the opportunity to perform with The Phoenix Symphony are subject to change or cancellation at any time.

Apply Now

An accompanist is required for each division and round of the competition. Each contestant must provide his/her own accompanist. Percussionists are exempt from having an accompanist if their piece does not have an orchestral accompaniment. If this is the case, they will not be eligible to perform with The Phoenix Symphony.

A list of potentially available accompanists for competitors in the Young Musicians Competition conducted by the Phoenix Youth Symphony is provided as a public service to those inquiring.  The Phoenix Youth Symphony does not endorse or recommend any particular accompanist or make any representation as to their abilities or affordability for this purpose.  Please contact Todd Betz, Operations Manager, if you desire the list.