COMPETITIONS

General Information

Each year the San Jose Youth Symphony holds the Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition, the Chamber Orchestra’s Concerto Competition and the Concert Orchestra’s Solo Competition in the spring. The Avancé Flute Choir’s Solo Competition is held in January of each season. These competitions, very kindly sponsored by the San Jose Symphony Foundation, are open exclusively to SJYS members. Participants will have the opportunity to perform in front of a panel of judges, and winners of the competitions will perform their solo pieces with their orchestras the following season.

The Application Deadlines are noted in the competition guidelines, which you can access below on this page. Interested applicants can download the application forms (see below) and mail the completed forms back to the office along with their $40 application fee.

Congratulation to All our Previous Year Winners:

2015 Competition Winners
2016 Competition Winners
2017 Competition Winners

Young Artist Competition

apooThis competition is open exclusively to the Philharmonic Orchestra members. Here are the competition rules and the application.

SJYS strongly recommends that contestants choose pieces that are from the standard concerto repertoire — included in this sample list — preferably scored for full orchestra (including brass and percussion).

Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition

This competition is held for the Chamber Orchestra. Here are the competition rules and the application.

SJYS strongly recommends that contestants choose pieces that are from the standard concerto repertoire, scored for Chamber Orchestra size (two of every woodwind, two horns, two trumpets, timpani). See the sample list of acceptable concertos.

Concert Orchestra Solo Competition

This competition is open only to Concert Orchestra members. Here are the competition rules and the application.

SJYS strongly recommends that contestants choose pieces from the sample list of acceptable concertos.

Avancé Flute Choir’s First Annual Solo Competition

The San Jose Youth Symphony announces its first Avancé Flute Choir’s Solo Competition this season. The competition is tailored to advanced flute players, capable of demonstrating excellent technique and mature music interpretation. The suggested repertoire includes wide selection of brilliant flute pieces from all music periods. Here are the competition rules and the application.

List of Sample Concerti

Here is a list of sample concerti for the Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition and the Chamber Orchestra’s  Concerto Competition. If you have any any questions about the repertoire, please consult your conductors for advice.