64th Young Musicians Competition Senior Division: Final Round Scholarship Competition

Rules and Regulations


Important Dates: Senior Division

  • First Round of the competition will be held in person on Saturday, January 6, 2024 (in person).
    • Location: Mesa Community College, Performing Arts Center. 1520 South Longmore, Mesa, AZ 85202.
    • Time: TBD – Please hold availability for the full day.
      * Time frames will be sent closer to the date. The full span of day for our judges will be 8:30 AM to 5 PM. Time slots will be sent out December 21, 2023. Factors included in scheduling: Accompanists working with multiple musicians, musicians auditioning on multiple instruments, unavoidable time conflicts. If a musician has a time conflict, it must be identified at the time of application.
  • Finalists will be directly notified of their advancement by the end of the day on January 6, 2024. A general announcement of finalists will also be made by the end of the day on Saturday, January 6, 2024 via email.
  • Finals will be held in person on January 7, 2024.


The top competitors from the Young Musicians Competition (YMC) First Round as selected by the judges will be eligible; up to 12 contestants.


  1. Completed YMC application and signed Rules and Regulations document (sent in confirmation email after application is submitted).
  2. Participation in the first round of the YMC and selected by the judges as being in the top twelve (12) competitors.
  3. Perform the same repertoire as performed the first round of the competition.
  4. Availability the afternoon of Sunday, January 7, 2024 for Final Round performance.

YMC Final Round Selection and Performance Order Announcement

The Final Round performance order will be determined via random drawing on January 6, 2024 and distributed via email. Final Round participants will be notified of their performance order and time in their notification of Final Round selection.

Senior Division: Final Round Scholarship Competition Awards


Contestants are ranked by judges as to overall musical talent and preparedness for performing their concerto with The Phoenix Symphony. After the last performance on Sunday and judges’ deliberation, the following awards will be announced: The Jean and Robert Frankeberger Grand Prize Winner; Second Prize; and Ranking for Awards.

The Jean and Robert Frankeberger Grand Prize Winner and Second Prize: Prizes are awarded based on consideration of the following criteria:

  • Highest ranked contestant who has not previously received the The Jean and Robert Frankeberger Grand Prize or Second Prize.
  • No contestant can win the The Jean and Robert Frankeberger Grand Prize or the Second Prize more than once. They may win each award once and perform with the Phoenix Symphony a total of two times.
  • The Jean and Robert Frankeberger Grand Prize Winner and Second Prize winner will perform their concerto accompanied by The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall, Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at 7:30pm. In order to perform with The Phoenix Symphony, the winner must be available for all scheduled rehearsals (February 3 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm and February 6 from 6:30 to 9:30pm (all rehearsal and performance dates / times are subject to change).
  • For a winner to receive the summer scholarship they must remain in good standing as a member of PYSO through the end of the 2023-2024 season. If a student withdraws from PYSO during the remainder of the season or is placed on probation for attendance issues or behavior, their scholarship will be cancelled.
  • The decision of the judges is final.
Music Camp Partnerships for YMC Scholarships

Scholarships are usually available to us from the following music camps (at estimated values based on summer 2015 or 2022*):

Adamant Music School (Piano), Adamant, Vermont $3000

Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Lenox, Massachusetts $2885-$6770

Bowdoin International Music Festival, Brunswick, ME $4150-$7350*

Brevard Music Center, Brevard, North Carolina $7850*

Eastern Music Festival, Greensboro, North Carolina $5786*

Greenwood Music Camp, Cummington, Massachusetts $6100

Idyllwild, California $3380*

Illinois Summer Youth Music, Utabana Illinois $650

Innsbrook Institute, Innsbrook, Missouri $1100

Interlochen Arts Camp, Interlochen, Michigan $9950*

Lamont Summer Music Academy, Denver, Colorado $2200*

Madeline Island Music Camp, Madeline Island, Wisconsin $3700*

Philadelphia International Music Festival, Williamstown, NJ $3550*

String Quartet Camp and Bass Workshop, Mesa, AZ $265