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2020-2021 Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition

 2020-2021 Live Streamed Final Round of Competition – December 7, 2020!

2020-2021 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 6, 2020!
  • Please email a video 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 VIDEO RECORDINGS will be accepted.  Please upload your video and share as a private YouTube link or email your video file 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
Download the 2020-21 Concerto Competition Application
  • Each application must have a private instructor’s and a parent’s signature.
  • Please download and complete the application form, scan and return to
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 20, 2020.
  • All finalists selected will perform in a live streamed audition round on MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2020, at 7:30 PM at the Tennessee Theatre.
  • A $5.00 admission fee will apply to access the live stream of the event.
  • More information on how to access the live stream will be available soon.
  • Winner(s) will be announced from stage on December 7, 2020.
  • Winner(s) will receive a cash prize and may have the opportunity to perform with the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra in 2021.

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