Young Artist Competition

2019 Young Artist Competition

YAC Competition Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019, ICC College Recital Hall, East Peoria, IL 61635

Deadline to Register: Saturday, December 15, 2018

The YAC winner will perform with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 10:00 AM and 11:45 AM at the Peoria Civic Center Theater in the PSO Guild’s Annual Student Concert.

Questions? Contact Brenda Conroy at or call 309.635.4118.

For Your Reference 
2018 Audition Rules, Competition Application Form, and Approved Repertoire

Young Artist Competition Flyer

Young Artist Competition Approved Repertoire List

Young Artist Competition Application

Young Artist Competition Rules


2018 Young Artist Competition Winners

The first place winner, Olivia Bolles, violin, performed Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E Minor, Allegoro Molto, Movement 1. Ms. Bolles is from Bloomington, IL. She is a freshman at University High School in Normal, IL, and studies violin with Dr. Sarah Gentry.


Matthew Suh, violin, won second place, and performed Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Allegro Movement 1. Mr. Suh lives in Normal, IL, and is a junior at University High School. He studies violin with Paul Zafer at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music.

Amy Zhou, clarinet, placed third, and performed Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie. Ms. Zhou is a junior at Dunlap High School and lives in Peoria. She studies clarinet with Jill Potts at Dunlap High School.


2017 Young Artist Competition Winners

Annie Bao, Mahomet-Seymour High School, Mahomet, Illinois
First Place Winner, piano and violin

The first place winner will be the featured soloist for the Peoria Symphony Orchestra Student Concert.

Click here to see pictures from the Student Concert

  • Peoria Symphony Guild Luncheon
  • Community Educational Outreach Opportunities
  • Program entertainment for a PSO Guild Musical Monday
  • All musical selections must be approved by Maestro George Stelluto


Elizabeth Mattern, Home Schooled, Brimfield, Illinois
Second Place Winner, viola

Kaytlin Withers, Illinois Valley Central High School, Chillicothe, Illinois
Third Place Winner, soprano

Click here for 2017 Young Artist Competition Winners Press Release





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