All contestants must perform music from MEMORY and must provide two copies of their music, including all cadenzas, for the judges.


The Junior Voice Division is open to students age 17-21 years enrolled in a college or conservatory in a degree program. High school students may be considered upon recommendation of their instructor and approval of competition co-chairs. Contestants must be prepared to sing a selection published for soloist and orchestra totaling at least eight minutes and no more than 15 minutes. Multiple selections may be performed.


The Senior Voice Division is open to any student enrolled in a college or conservatory in a degree program age 22-26 years. Maximum age is 26 years on date of contest. Contestants must be prepared to sing a selection published for soloist and orchestra totaling at least eight minutes and no more than 15 minutes. Multiple selections may be performed.


The Junior String Division is open to students age 17-21 years enrolled in a college or conservatory in a degree program. High school students may be considered upon recommendation of their instructor and approval of competition co-chairs. Junior String participants will play one movement from a concerto or a concert piece for soloists and orchestra, a minimum of five minutes in length and no more than 15 minutes. It must be the technical level of a Mozart Violin or Boccherini Cello Concert.


The Senior String Division is open to any student enrolled in a college or conservatory in a degree program age 22-26 years. Maximum age is 26 years on date of contest. Contestants must be prepared to perform one movement from a major concerto or piece for solo instrument and orchestra. It must be the technical level of a Mozart Violin or Boccherini Cello Concert. Performance time: maximum 15 minutes.


Your completed application form with a non-refundable registration fee of $40.00 must be post marked no later than March 3rd, 2020. Late registration fee is $25.00. All fees are non-refundable. Applications will be submitted in the order received until the competition is filled. Make checks payable to The Friends of the Symphony. Mail to: the Lima Symphony Orchestra, Attn: Young Artists Competition, P.O. Box 1651, Lima, Ohio 45802.

Contestants are responsible for their own expenses and must be prepared to remain for the evening concert on April 4th should they be selected as a finalist. Two contestants in each division will be selected to perform in the Finalist Concert. This performance will determine the First Place Winners. Please notify your accompanist of this requirement. 


First Place Junior Strings: $600
Second Place Junior Strings: $400

First Place Junior Voice: $600
Second Place Junior Voice: $400

First Place Senior Strings: $1,000
Second Place Senior Strings: $700

First Place Senior Voice: $1,000
Second Place Senior Voice: $700

First place winners, upon recommendation of the Music Director, may appear as a featured soloist with the Lima Symphony Orchestra at a future date. 


For additional questions, please contact:

Kim Shanahan, 419-222-5701, Email: kim@limasymphony.com

Sponsored By:  Friends of the Symphony
                              Joe Warnement, President




Strings Judge

Since making his New York solo recital debut in Carnegie Hall as the winner of the Artists International Competition, Matthew Daline has performed worldwide as a chamber musician and viola soloist. He received the Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School where he served as Teaching Assistant, and the Master of Music degree at Yale University. While pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts at The State University of New York, Daline served as a Teaching Assistant for the Department of Music. Prior to his appointment as Associate Professor of Viola at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, he has served as Assistant Professor of Viola at Louisiana State University (2006- 2011). Professor Daline performs at music festivals such as The Banff Center (Canada), The Montecito Music Festival (California, USA), Spoleto Festival (Italy), Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival (Vermont, USA), Brazilian Virtuosi (Recife, Brazil), The Washington International Music Festival (WA, USA), and has held viola master classes and lectures at Yale University, The Juilliard School, The University of Michigan, Yonsei University (Korea), Conservatory of Music "George Enescu” (Romania), National Conservatory of Music (Costa Rica), and the Central Conservatory of China, Beijing. Matthew Daline has recently performed and recorded world premieres of new works on the Mark Masters, and MSR Classics labels, and frequently lectures on technology and new music. Mr. Daline performs on a Brescian viola circa 1560.


Strings Judge

Juliet White-Smith, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has performed as soloist and chamber musician in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. She has appeared as soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Collins, and Denver Philharmonic Symphonies. She has also performed in the viola sections of the Rochester Philharmonic, the Columbus (OH) Symphony, Grand Rapids (MI) Symphony, and the Houston Grand Opera orchestras.


In demand as a master teacher and clinician, White-Smith has presented master classes at music conservatories around the US and the world including the Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and Mahidol University’s College of Music in Thailand. She has been a featured guest artist at viola events in Arizona, Iowa, and Ohio, and was the 2012 Pre-College Viola Clinician at the annual conference of the American String Teachers Association in Atlanta. In December 2016, she was an invited presenter for the 70th anniversary celebration of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. She was featured in “Ask the Teacher” in the April 2010 issue of The Strad. Her views on talent and effective practice techniques have appeared in articles in Strings and American String Teacher. She is a frequent adjudicator for many competitions including the William Primrose International Viola Competition, the annual Juanita Miller Concerto Competition in Dallas, and the Young Artist Concerto Competition of the Fort Collins Symphony.


White-Smith began her college teaching career at the age of twenty-five at Western Michigan University. She joined the faculty at The Ohio State University in 2012 after serving for twenty-one years as Professor of Viola at the University of Northern Colorado. She joined the Artist-Faculty at the Brevard Music Festival in 2018 and continues to enjoy an illustrious teaching and performing career. 


White-Smith earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Louisiana State University and a Master of Music degree in viola performance from the University of Houston. Her CD, Fashionably Late: Juliet White-Smith Debuts! features the premiere recording of Pulitzer Prize winning composer George Walker’s Viola Sonata and appear on the Centaur Records label.

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Voice Judge

Dean Southern, DMA, is the Dorothy P. Schmitt Chair in Opera and Artistic Director of Opera Theater at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he also teaches voice and vocal pedagogy and serves as Head of the Voice and Opera Division. He has a diverse musical background as a singer, pianist, and stage director.


Venues at which he has given master classes in the US and abroad include the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Central Conservatory of Music and China Conservatory of Music (Beijing, China), Wuhan Conservatory of Music (Wuhan, China), Shenzhen Art School (Shenzhen, China), the Kungliga Musikhögskolan (Royal College of Music, Stockholm, Sweden), the Conservatorio Profesional de Música (Valencia, Spain), and the Interlochen Arts Academy (Michigan), as well as chapters of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) across the country. His students have been accepted to prestigious young artist programs and graduate schools and awarded the Fulbright grant, and they have gone on to successful careers as performers and voice teachers.


Classical Singer magazine has published his “Distant Voices” column, as well as his articles “Breaking Barriers: Four Pioneering African-American Singers in Opera,” “Practicing 101: Ten Tips for Making the Most of Your Time between Lessons,” “Practicing with your Mouth Shut,” and his interview with legendary mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig. He has given his “Distant Voices” and “Breaking Barriers” lectures, which are multimedia guided tours to singers of the past, at many colleges, universities, and NATS chapters.


For NATS, he chairs the International Activity Committee, serves as Governor of the Ohio District, and he will be a Master Teacher for the 2020 NATS Intern Program.


Southern serves as Executive Director of the Art Song Festival at the Cleveland Institute of Music, which was founded in 1985 to promote art song and cultivate its performance by hosting international artists in recitals and master classes. He spent eleven years on the faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, and he has since taught at summer programs in Italy, China, California, and Massachusetts.


After graduating from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, he earned master’s degrees in piano performance from the University of Missouri and in voice performance from the University of Akron. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music.


Prior to his appointment at the CIM, he taught voice and was stage director of opera at the University of Miami Frost School of Music in Coral Gables, Florida.


Voice Judge

Myra Merritt received her bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and master’s degree from the Catholic University of America; made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1982 as the Shepherd Boy in Wagner’s Tannhauser; other roles at the Met include Musetta in La Boheme, Bess in Porgy and Bess and Zerlina in Don Giovanni; featured on the 1983 Metropolitan Opera Centennial Gala performance; has performed with the Houston Grand Opera, Summer Opera Theater Company in Washington, D.C., National Opera of Finland, Theatre des Westens in Berlin, Budapest National Opera; has sung in Moscow, Ekaterinburg and Italy; performed at Wolf Trap Farm, Ford’s Theater, the Smithsonian Museum Concert Series; presented her debut recital at the Kennedy Center with the Washington Performing Arts Society; can be heard on the Grammy Award-winning RCA recording of Porgy and Bess and Deutsche Grammaphon’s live from the Metropolitan Opera video recording of Carmen; awards include grants from the National Opera Institute, Sullivan Foundation and the D.C. Commission of the Arts and Humanities; winner in the Beethoven Society Competition for Opera Singers and the Catholic University of America’s Alumni Achievement Award in Music; featured in publication such as Glamour Magazine, Washington View Magazine, Famous African American’s Encyclopedia and Metropolitan Opera Encyclopedia.

The 60th Annual Young Artists Competition
Lima Symphony Orchestra


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      Lima, OH 45805 

Elizabeth Brown-Ellis, Executive Director


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