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2021-2022 Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition


The KSYO Concerto Competition is open to all pre-college instrumental students who live in Knox, Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Loudon, Roane, Sevier or Union counties, or are current members of the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association. (Previous winners are not allowed to compete in consecutive years).

Preliminary Round Recordings – Must be received by November 5, 2021!

  • Please email an audio recording of the applicant performing one movement of a solo work with orchestral accompaniment.  The recording should include a piano accompanist performing the piano reduction of the orchestral part. ONLY AUDIO RECORDINGS will be accepted.  Recorded media accepted include: iTunes and Windows programs that produce mp3 and mp4 formats.
  • Email your recording to
  • Applicants are required to have their own accompanist for the preliminary recording and for the live audition if chosen.
  • The orchestral accompaniment parts must be readily available by purchase or rental. Questions about the suitability of a piece should be emailed to KSYO Manager: Kathy Hart at

Click here for the 2021-22 Concerto Competition Application

  • Each application must have a private instructor’s and a parent’s permission. Private instructors may be emailed to confirm a student’s participation.

A non-refundable $30.00 application fee will apply.

  • A link will be sent for payment once your application is received.
  • Your application is not complete until payment is submitted online.

Final Live Audition Round

  • Finalists will be posted on this website by November 22, 2021.
  • All finalists selected will perform in a live audition round on MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2021, at 6:30 PM. Location to be announced.
  • Audience admission for the live final round is $5.00 for adults, students through grade 12 are free.
  • Winner(s) will be announced on this website the evening of December 6, 2021.
  • Winner(s) will receive a cash prize and may have the opportunity to perform with the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra on February 14, 2022. (Rehearsal Schedule will be determined after the 2021-2022 winner(s) are announced.)

Please email: if you have additional questions.