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School Music Auditions

Deadline for applications is extended to Friday, November 18

Dates for the 2017 competition are:

Preliminaries:  Saturday, January 21, Orchestra Hall       Finals: Sunday, January 29,  Orchestra Hall

A downloadable application is available  Here

The Young People's Symphony Concert Association (YPSCA) holds an annual competition called SCHOOL MUSIC AUDITIONS for students enrolled full time in an accredited school, grades 7 through 12, from the Upper Midwest. One of these students is selected to perform with the Minnesota Orchestra and receive the $1,500 Edwin W. and Edith B. Norberg Trust Award. Other cash prizes and scholarships are also presented.


Anders Peterson, a 16 year old clarinetist from Northfield, won the 59th Annual School Music Auditions sponsored by the Young People's Symphony Concert Association held at Orchestra Hall on January 24th. A sophomore at Northfield High and a student of Dr. Jun Qian, Peterson played Weber's Concertino for Clarinet to take top prize among the nine finalists. In addition to his monetary award, he earns the privilege of performing with The Minnesota Orchestra at a series of Young People's Concerts next season.









The 2015 winner is Zhen Tu, a 10th grade at Eagan High School recently performed with the Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall.  She was featured soloist for the Colors Of Music YP concerts in October 2015 and February 2016.  

2015 winner