Orchestra Young Artist Competition

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Important Dates for 2018 Competition

Application and Recording Deadline: Sunday, February 4, 2018

Final Round: Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. at Brucker Hall

Concert: Friday, May 11, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center

How to Apply


The Young Artist Competition is open to Washington, DC-area high school string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists in grades 9-12. (DC-area to include the District of Columbia, Prince Georges Co., Montgomery Co., Howard Co., Anne Arundel Co., Fairfax Co., Fairfax City, City of Falls Church, Prince William Co., Loudoun Co., Arlington Co., Alexandria City, and Baltimore Co.) Applications may be accepted from students who do not live in these jurisdictions, but have a connection to them through either a musical organization or a private teacher.

Recording Information

Using the online form, submit a link (YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, etc.) to a video recording of applicant performing required musical selection in its entirety with piano accompaniment. Please ensure that the video is viewable without a login. For the most privacy, we recommend YouTube “unlisted” privacy settings. Do not email video files.

Selections not on this repertoire list must be pre-approved to ensure availability of orchestral accompaniment parts. For repertoire questions, contact the 2018 Army Orchestra Young Artist Competition Coordinator, SFC Marlisa Woods, at or (703) 973-3915.

Final Round:

A live audition with piano accompaniment (provided by applicant) will be held for selected applicants on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. at Brucker Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (Fort Myer) in Arlington, Virginia. Competition participants must be available to compete in the finals and rehearse and perform with The U.S. Army Orchestra on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria, Virginia.

All finalists and honorable mentions will be invited to perform Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story side-by-side with the orchestra on May 11.

2017 Results

Place Winners

1st Place: Mairead Flory, cello
2nd Place: Sarah Kim, violin
3rd Place: Hannah Lee, flute


Julia Angelov, violin
Ryan Cho, violin
Olivia Johann, oboe
Doris Li, cello
An-Ya Olson, harp

Honorable Mentions

Yukino Takehara, violin
Noelle Naito, violin
Nathaniel Heyder, violin
Sabrina Shuster, violin
Michelle Li, violin
Steven Qu, violin
Eleanor Shen, violin
Jasper de Boor, violin
Sydney Ebersohl, violin
Maxence Mouries, violin
Caitlyn Clingenpeel, violin
Masato Chang, violin
Teddi Yoo, violin
Stefan Lazaroae, viola
Anna Shin, viola
Katherine Quion, viola
Gavriel Eagle, cello
Colin Hill, cello
Piper Suk, cello
Janey Song, cello
Sharon Park, cello
Leena Shin, cello
Grace Molinaro, cello
Gabrielle Li, cello
Stephanie Treat, oboe
Annie Zhao, flute
Danielle Kim, flute
Angelina Lim, flute
Naomi Farkas, clarinet
Micah L.Reinharz, trumpet
Grace Tifford, tuba