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The 61st Annual Young Artists Competition
for Piano, Wind/Brass


March 27th, 2023        Entry Deadline

March 27th, 2023        Participants music due to accompanist

April 21st, 2023           Notification of performance time

April 29th, 2023          Competition Day 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

April 29th, 2023           Finalist Concert 7:30 p.m.

All activities take place at: 

Yoder Recital Hall

Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio


First Place Senior Division Piano: $1,000.00

First Place Senior Division Wind/Brass: $1,000.00

Second Place Senior Division Piano: $700.00

Second Place Senior Division Wind/Brass: $700.00

First Place Junior Division Piano: $600.00

First Place Junior Division Wind/Brass: $600.00

Second Place Junior Division Piano: $400.00

Second Place Junior Division Wind/Brass: $400.00


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


The Senior Division is open to any student enrolled in a college or conservatory in a degree program. Maximum age 26 years on the date of contest. Senior Piano will play one movement from any major concerto or concert piece published for piano and orchestra. Maximum time: 15 minutes. Senior Wind/Brass contestants must be prepared to perform one movement from a major concerto or concert piece published for solo instrument and orchestra. Maximum performance time: 15 minutes.


The Junior Division is open to students 17 to 21 years on the date of contest. Younger students may be eligible based on the recommendation of their instructor and approval of the Young Artists' Committee Chairs. Junior Piano participants will play a selection published for piano and orchestra which is of the difficulty of the Mendelssohn G Minor Piano Concerto. Maximum performance time: 15 minutes. Junior Wind/Brass participants must be prepared to play selections published for soloist and orchestra which is of the difficulty of a Haydn or Mozart Wind Concerto. Maximum performance time: 15 minutes. 

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


Your completed application form with a non-refundable registration fee of $40.00 must be post marked no later than March 27th, 2023. Late registration fee is $25.00. Applications will be submitted in the order received until the competition is filled. If submitting via mail, those entries should be postmarked no later than March 27th, 2023. Checks or money orders should be payable to The Friends of the Symphony.


Send 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 29th 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. 

For additional questions, please contact:

Kim Shanahan, 419-222-5701, Email:

Sponsored By:  Friends of the Symphony
                              Joe Warnement, President
                            Andrew Crust, Music Director and Conductor
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