Orchestra Young Artist Competition

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Important Dates for 2020 Competition

Application and Recording Deadline: Sunday, February 2, 2020

Final Round: Thursday, March 12, 2020, at 7 p.m.
Brucker Hall, Fort Myer in Arlington, VA

There will be 2 winners this year: one from the Strings Division and one from the Woodwind/Brass/Percussion Division!

Concert: Friday, May 29, 2020, at 8 p.m.
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, Alexandria, VA

How to Apply

Please request an application by emailing Remember to add this 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.


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 2020 Army Orchestra Young Artist Competition Coordinator, MSG 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 Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m., here in 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 29, 2020 at 8 p.m. at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria, Virginia.

All finalists and honorable mentions will be invited to perform side-by-side with the orchestra on Friday, May 29.

Repertoire List

Applicants are encouraged, but not required, 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. Please direct questions about repertoire to MSG Marlisa Woods at: or at 703.696.6043.

2020 Audition Repertoire

Strings Division


  • 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-Saƫns, Schumann, Shostakovich

  • Showpieces:
    Popper, Hungarian Rhapsody; Tchaikovsky, Rococo Variations; Bloch, Schelomo; Faure, Elegy

  • Concerto movement by:

    Bottesini, Dittersdorf, Dragonetti, Van Hal, Koussevitzky

Woodwind/Brass/Percussion Division


  • 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