Spotlight on Young Musicians

Competition: Saturday, December 16, 2017
Recital: Sunday, December 17, 2017 • 2 p.m.

Central United Methodist Church


The Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra is proud to announce its sixth annual Spotlight on Young Musicians. This two-division competition truly spotlights exceptional musicians from the ASYO  in two forms: a spotlight recital and reception showcasing the top participants in both the concerto and solo divisions, and an opportunity for the winner of the concerto division to be considered to solo with the ASYO. It is our intention that this competition would improve students’ music performance through assessment, motivate continued study of performance, all while establishing a standard of excellence in music performance.

Spotlight on Young Musicians is open to any orchestral string, woodwind, brass, percussion, harp, students ages 19-or-under who have not graduated high school at the time of application due date. Entrants must reside, study or attend school in one of the 24 counties in Western North Carolina.

Concerto Division
Entrants can select a single-movement concerto, a single movement from a multi-movement concerto, or an approved piece that has orchestral accompaniment. The selected work must not exceed 12 minutes in length with cuts if necessary. Memorization is required. 

Entrants are strongly encouraged to select concerti from the standard repertoire as budget allocations for music rental are limited and are made at the discretion of the committee. The top three prize-winners will be invited to perform in the Spotlight Recital. Previous first place winners of the Concerto Division are ineligible to compete.  

**NEW** ASYO students wanting to perform with the Youth Orchestra must have their piece approved by Music Director, Emily Schaad, no later than September 30, 2017 to be considered for this honor. The highest ranking ASYO student in this category will be considered to perform with the youth orchestra in its spring concert on May 15th, 2018.  

Solo Division
Entrants may select an accompanied or unaccompanied piece from a single or multi-movement work. The selected work must not exceed 8 minutes in length, with cuts if necessary. Memorization is optional. All participants in this category will receive comments and a rating from the judge’s panel. Three to five participants will be selected by the judges to perform on the spotlight recital.

Concerto Division
First place                   $300
Second place               $200
Third place                  $100

Solo Division
First place        $100
Second place        $75
Third place        $25

Spotlight Recital
The Spotlight Recital will showcase the best performances from the Concerto Competition and Solo Division. The winners of the Concerto Competition and “Judges’ Choice” performers from the Solo Division will be featured in a recital on Sunday, December 17th at 2:00pm at Central United Methodist Church in Asheville.

Application Process
Please submit the application and non-refundable application fee of $35 by Monday, December 4th, 2017.  Applicants chosen to perform will be notified of their assigned time.  **NEW** Students do NOT need to submit a recording prior to the competition.


A jury of three distinguished musicians will serve as judges for the Spotlight on Young Musicians. (If an entrant has studied with or otherwise had close professional or personal ties with a judge, the judge will disqualify themselves from judging that entrant. In that case, the scores from the other two judges will be averaged to provide a third score.) The presentation of any or all of the awards is at the judges’ discretion. Decisions of the judges will be announced at the end of the competition. The judges’ decisions are final.

Accompaniment and Scores
Concerto Division entrants must provide their own accompanist. Solo Division entrants must provide their own accompanist unless the selected repertoire is an unaccompanied work.  For a list of accompanists in the Asheville area or if you need additional information contact Cara Jenkins, Educational Coordinator of the Asheville Symphony.

The jury must be provided with one publisher printed original score along with two additional photocopies at the time of registration. The use of legal, electronically printed music is also permissible. Teachers and students should follow federal copyright laws in providing music for all performers. Label all scores with the soloist’s name. Number all measures and clearly mark all cuts in the music presented to the jury.

Saturday, December 16th, 2017
Central United Methodist Church – Asheville
27 Church St, Asheville, NC 28801

Sunday,  December 17th, 2017
Central United Methodist Church

Monday, November 27th


Cara Jenkins, Education Coordinator