2019 Youth Concerto Competition


The HSO would like to invite students or any other young musicians to audition for the Heartland Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 Echo Kowalzek Youth Concerto Competition. Auditions will take place on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Francis Music Center in Little Falls. Up to two winners will perform with the HSO for its spring concerts:

Saturday, April 6, 2019 | 7:30 pm Charles D. Martin Auditorium, Little Falls

Sunday, April 7, 2019 | 2:30 pm Tornstrom Auditorium, Brainerd

Students residing in the HSO’s Central Minnesota service area may audition on piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and voice, and must prepare a work from the standard concerto literature with orchestral accompaniment. Instrumentalists are asked to prepare one movement of a concerto or the equivalent. Vocalists should prepare two contrasting songs or arias. In addition to performing in concert with the Heartland Symphony Orchestra, winners will receive a recording of their performance and a $500 award.

We encourage all eligible young musicians you know to take advantage of this bi-annual audition and performance opportunity. The HSO’s Youth Concerto Competition is an exciting and rewarding tradition for young musicians, the orchestra, and our audience.

Application deadline is Saturday, January 12, 2019. The application form and rules for this competition are below. Otherwise, if you have any questions about this program, feel free to contact the Heartland Symphony Orchestra office. Call 1-800-826-1997 or email HeartlandSymphony@gmail.com.

Heartland Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Auditions

Rules and Regulations

        1. Our goal for this program is to highlight outstanding young talent from our area. Therefore, the auditions are limited to students residing or attending school in our service area (Brainerd, Little Falls, and the surrounding rural areas of central Minnesota). All applications are subject to review by the HSO Youth Audition Committee.
        2. The auditions will take place on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Music Center in Little Falls. It is open to vocal, instrumental, and piano students.
        3. Any student through 12th grade may enter.
        4. The music is to be chosen at the discretion of the pupil’s instructor. It must, however, be a work from the standard literature with orchestral accompaniment, limited to the instrumentation of the Heartland Symphony. If in doubt, please ask if a piece is appropriate by emailing HeartlandSymphony@gmail.com. Instrumentalists should prepare one movement from a concerto, and singers should prepare two contrasting songs or arias.
        5. The same student cannot perform the same literature more than one year.
        6. Memorization is strongly advised at auditions, especially for pianists and vocalists, to show one’s best performance. Memorization will be considered in selection of winners.
        7. Proper performance attire is expected and may influence selection of winners.
        8. Entrants must supply two copies of their music for the judges; at least one must be an original.
        9. All entrants are to provide their own prepared accompanist for the audition.
        10. Winners are not permitted to enter the auditions for the next year’s contest.
        11. Up to two winners will be chosen at the judges’ discretion.
        12. The winners will perform with the Heartland Symphony at its Spring 2019 Concerts:
          Saturday, April 6, 2019 | 7:30 pm Charles D. Martin Auditorium, Little Falls
          Sunday, April 7, 2019 | 2:30 pm Tornstrom Auditorium, Brainerd.

      Heartland Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Audition Application

      Application deadline is January 12, 2019
      Please fill out the online application below, or print and fill out the Youth Concerto Audition Rules and Application PDF and mail to:
      Heartland Symphony Orchestra
      PO Box 241
      Little Falls, MN 56345

      *Required Fields

      *Student Name

      *Age

      *Grade

      *School

      *Student E-mail

      *Student Phone

      *Address

      *City

      *State

      *Zip

      *Parents

      *Parent E-mail

      *Parent Phone

      *Instrument/Voice

      *Years of Study

      *Title of Composition

      *Name of Composer

      *Teacher's Name

      *Teacher's Email

      *Teacher's Phone

      *Teacher's Address

      *City

      *State

      *Zip

      *Name of Accompanist

      We will email you with final information about auditions, including your audition time.