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2019-2020 Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition Winners!

Miriam Ahrens, Viola – Forsyth, Viola Concerto in G minor, 1st movement

Trey Barrett, Bassoon – Weber, Adante & Hungarian Rondo

Winners will receive a cash award and perform with the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra on February 24, 2020.  (Rehearsal Schedule will be determined after the 2019-2020 winner(s) are announced.)

Congratulations to all of our 2019-2020 Finalists including:

Carolyn FitzGerald, Trombone – Grondahl, Concerto for Trombone, 1st movement

Alice Tang, Piano – Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2, 3rd movement


Thank you to the 2019-2020 judging panel:

Emi Kagawa, KSO Principal Keyboard

Jeffery Whaley, KSO Principal Horn

Matthew Wilkinson, Director of the Maryville High School Orchestra and KSO Cello

Final Live Audition Round

All finalists selected will perform in a live public audition round on MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019, in the Sandra Powell Recital hall of the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center at the University of Tennessee (map). Admission is $5.00 for adults and all students pre-K through 12th grade are Free!

Winner(s) will be announced on this webpage the evening of December 2.

2019-2020 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

Recordings must be received by November 1, 2019!

Please email a 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. They should be emailed to or you may mail a hard copy of a standard compact disc along with your application fee to the address below.

Download the Application

Each application must have a private instructor’s and a parent’s signature.

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

A non-refundable $30.00 application fee should be mailed (along with application) to:

Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition
PO Box 360
Knoxville TN 37901-0360

For more information or to receive an application by mail or email: