2023 U.S. Army Orchestra Young Artist Competition

2023 U.S. Army Orchestra Young Artist Competition

Application Deadline: Feb 1, 2023

Please join us in-person or online for the Final Round of the Young Artist Competition! It is free and open to the public.

Winds, Brass, Percussion Division Final Round: March 16, 2023 4:30-6:00pm at Vienna Presbyterian Church

Strings Division Final Round: March 16, 2023 7:00-9:00pm at Vienna Presbyterian Church

Livestream link: Young Artist Competition Final Round Livestream

We are so pleased to announce the 2023 U.S. Army Orchestra Young Artist Competition!

The U.S. Army Orchestra Young Artist Competition has been the premier concerto competition for aspiring young musicians in the Washington DC metro area for over 15 years. We are proud to serve our community with this exciting opportunity.

There will be two winners of the Young Artist Competition: one from the Strings Division and one from the Woodwind/Brass/Percussion Division! Both winners will perform with the U.S. Army Orchestra at our concert on May 19, 2023.

The Winners, Finalists, and select Honorable Mentions will be offered the opportunity to perform Side-By-Side with the U.S. Army Orchestra at our concert on May 19.

Questions? Email us at youngartistcompetition@army.mil

Important dates for the 2023 Competition:

  • Applications open: November 1, 2022
  • Application deadline: February 1, 2023
  • Winds, Brass, Percussion Division Final Round: March 16, 2023 4:30-6:00pm at Vienna Presbyterian Church
  • Strings Division Final Round: March 16, 2023 7:00-9:00pm at Vienna Presbyterian Church
  • Concert: May 19, 2023 at Schlesinger Concert Hall featuring Young Artist competition winners and side-by-side orchestra

How to Apply:

Click the "Apply Here!" button at the top of this page to start your online application.

You are required to submit a video recording of your piece (see the repertoire list below), a resume, and the online application. All applicants will receive feedback from members of the U.S. Army Orchestra. Finalists will be invited to the Final Round at Vienna Presbyterian Church (see dates above).

Video Submission

  1. Recordings must be performed by the applicant
  2. Recordings may not be edited or have any effects added (reverb, pitch correction, etc.)
  3. Applicant and applicant's instrument must be entirely visible
  4. Please perform the entire piece or movement
  5. Piano accompaniment is required
  6. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have their teacher review their video before submission
  7. Please make sure that your video is viewable without a login. For the most privacy, we recommend YouTube “unlisted” privacy settings.

Selections not on the repertoire list must be pre-approved to ensure the availability of orchestral accompaniment parts. For repertoire questions, contact the Young Artist Competition Coordinator, SFC Rob Martin.

Questions? Email us at youngartistcompetition@army.mil

Competition Eligibility

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 through either a musical organization or a private teacher.

Young Artist Competition Repertoire List

Applicants are encouraged to choose one (1) selection from the list below. Selections not on this list must be approved, to ensure availability of orchestral accompaniment parts, prior to submission of application and recording.

Questions regarding repertoire? Email us at youngartistcompetition@army.mil


  • Concerto movement by:
    Barber, Bartok, Beethoven, Brahms, Bruch, de Beriot, Dvorak, Glazunov, Haydn, Kabalevsky, Khachaturian, Korngold, Lalo Symphony Espagnole, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Paganini, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Vieuxtemps, or Wieniawski
  • Showpieces:
    Bartok, Rhapsody #1 or 2; Bruch, Scottish Fantasy; Chausson, Poeme; Ravel, Tzigane; Sarasate, Carmen Fantasy, Zigeunerweisen; Saint-Saens, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Havanaise
  • Concerto movement by:
    J.C. Bach, Bartok, Handel, Hindemith, Hoffmeister, Stamitz, Walton
  • Showpieces:
    Bloch, Suite Hebraique; Bruch, Romanze; Enesco, Concert Piece; Hummel, Fantasy; Weber, Andante and Rondo in Hungarian Mode
  • Concerto movement by:
    Boccherini, Dvorak, Elgar, Haydn, Kabalevdky, Lalo, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, Shostakovich
  • Showpieces:
    Popper, Hungarian Rhapsody; Tchaikovsky, Rococo Variations; Bloch, Schelomo; Faure, Elegy
  • Concerto movement by:
    Bottesini, Dittersdorf, Dragonetti, Van Hal, Koussevitzky
  • Concerto movement by:
    Handel, Vivaldi, Dittersdorff, Ginastera
  • Showpieces:
    Debussy, Danses; Grandjany, Aria in Classic Style; Ravel, Introduction and Allegro
  • Concerto movement by:
    Liberman, Vivaldi
  • Concerto movement by:
    CPE Bach, Ibert, Lieberman, Mozart, Nielsen, Quantz, Reinecke
  • Showpieces:
    Chaminade, Concertino; Faure, Fantasy; Griffes, Poeme; Hue, Fantasy
  • Concerto movement by:
    Haydn, Marcello, Mozart, Strauss, Vaughan Williams, Vivaldi
  • Concerto movement by:
    Copland, Crusell, Francaix, Mozart, Nielsen, Shaw, Spohr, Stamitz, Weber
  • Showpieces:
    Debussy, Premiere Rhapsodie; Rabaud, Solo de Concours; Rossini, Introduction, Theme and Variations
  • Concerto movement by:
    Hummel, Phillips, Mozart, Vivaldi, Weber, John Williams
  • Showpieces:
    Berwald, Konzertstuck; David, Concertino; Phillips, Concertino; Weber, Hungarian Fantasy
  • Concerto movement by:
    Glazunov, Muczynski
  • Showpieces:
    Bencriscutto, Serenade; Dubois, Concerto; Ibert, Concertino da Camera; Maurice, Tableaux de Provence; Milhaud, Scaramouche; Sparke, Carnival; Villa Lobos, Fantasia (tenor or soprano saxophone); John Williams, Escapades (Catch Me If You Can)
  • Concerto movement by:
    Gliere, Haydn, Mozart, Strauss, Telemann
  • Concerto movement by:
    Arutunian, Haydn, Hummel
  • Showpieces:
    Goedicke, Concert Etude
  • Concerto movement by:
    David, Grondahl, Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Showpieces:
    Barat, Andante and Allegro; Guilmant, Morceau Symphonique
  • Concerto movement (or Sonata w/Orch. accompaniment) by:
    Edward Gregson, Jager, Vaughan Williams, John Williams, Bruce Broughton (Sonata)
  • Concerto movement by:
    Paul Creston Concertino for Marimba; William Kraft Concerto for Timpani; Toshiro Mayuzumi Concertino for Xylophone
  • Concerto movement by:
    Boccalari, Cosma, Horovitz, York
  • Showpieces:
    Buckley, The Yellow Rose of Texas Variations

Submission Instructions

Please request an application by sending an email using the red “Apply Here!” button. Remember to add our email address to your contact list to prevent our correspondence from being flagged as spam. Follow up within one week if you have not received an email reply.

Past Winners

Strings Division

Year Winner School
2022 First Place: Audrey Goodner, violin Langley High School
2022 Second Place: Brandon Du, violin Centennial High School
2022 Third Place: Runa Matsushita, violin Towson High School
2021 First place: Adrian Cheung, violin Broad Run High School
2021 Second place: Romain-Olivier Gray, cello Home school
2021 Third place: Claire Xu, viola Montgomery Blair High School

Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion Division

Year Winner School
2022 First Place: Arturo Salvalaggio, oboe Walt Whitman High School
2022 Second Place: Eunice Park, harp Lake Braddock Secondary School
2022 Third Place: Jackson Bernal, saxophone Thomas S. Wootton High School
2021 First Place: Amy Hwang, flute Glenelg High School
2021 Second Place: Helen Freeman, flute West Springfield High School
2021 Third Place: Joshua Kucharski, trumpet DeMatha Catholic High School

2022 YAC Finals: Strings Division

2022 YAC Finals: Winds, Brass, Percussion Division

2021 Young Artist Competition Winners Concert

YAC 2021 Finals: Strings Division

YAC 2021 Finals: Winds, Brass, Percussion Division

YAC 2020 Winning Strings

YAC 2020 Winning Woodwinds