Young Artist Competition
Illinois Central College
1 College Dr
East Peoria, IL 61635
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Applications are now open for the Peoria Symphony Guild’s 66th Annual Concerto/Aria Competition for Exceptionally Talented High School and Junior High Musicians.

Deadline to register: Tuesday, January 16, 2024. Register here!

Deadline to provide preliminary audition video: Tuesday, February 13, 2024. Submit the video here!

The YAC winner will perform with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra on April 19, 2024, at 10:00 AM and 11:45 AM at the Peoria Civic Center Theater in the PSO Guild’s Annual Student Concert.

The YAC winner will also perform at the Peoria Symphony Guild Spring Luncheon, at 11:00 AM, May 8, 2024.

Applicants must live and attend school within a 350-mile radius of Peoria, Illinois; pursue a regular schedule of music lessons with a private teacher, and be a student in grades 7–12 as of the date of the Young Artist Competition. See the documents below for the application, audition rules, approved repertoire, and a letter for educators.

The YAC Final Round Location will be Saturday, March 9, 2024, at Illinois Central College at 1 College Dr, East Peoria, IL 61635 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Questions? Contact Peggy Reid at or call 309.745.3913

For Your Reference 
2024 Audition Rules, Competition Application Form, and Approved Repertoire

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