34th Young Artist
and Mittenthal Chair Audition
Saturday May 17th
2013 Young Artist Competiton Winners (L-R)
Finals Judge William Buchman Chicago Symphony Orchestra Assistant Principal Bassoon, An Tran (guitar) - Honorable Mention, Lauren Tu (piano) - Second Place, Will Sievern (piano) - First Place, Erika Gray (viola) - First Runner Up, Finals Judge Francesco Milioto Music Director of the SVSO, and Finals Judge Gene Pokorny Principal Tuba Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
The objective of the competition is to help ensure the future of classical music by providing the opportunity for young musicians to hone their audition skills as well as to perform with a full orchestra. At the Young Artist Concert held in January 2003, a resolution from the State of Illinois's House of Representatives was presented to the Symphony commending the SVSO for its commitment to quality classical music and its encouragement of young musicians.
The competition is held every spring at the Northeastern Illinois University campus. The competition is open to young musicians from the ages of 16 to 22. The competition usually attracts between 60 and 75 applicants. Two winners are selected to receive a monetary award and to perform as guest soloists with the SVSO. An honorable mention will also be selected; in the event one of the two winners cannot perform, this person will perform with the Symphony.
The public is invited and encouraged to come to the finals of the competition. The finals begin at approximately 3:30 pm. Information about the competition is included on numerous web sites that list competitions throughout the country.
Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra at Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St. Louis Ave, Chicago, IL.
First Place - $1,200 and solo performance with the SVSO
Second Place - $800 and solo performance with the SVSO
All Orchestral instruments, piano and classical guitar.
$50 not refundable fee forwarded to:
SVSO 9501 Skokie Blvd. Skokie, IL 60077
Priority Audition Times
Will be assigned if enrollment is completed prior to 15 April 2014.
Enrollment forms received after 15 April 2014 will be scheduled on a space-available basis.
Young Artist Competition ("YAC") Rules
Several winners of our Young Artist Competition have gone on to notable music careers, including:
In addition to the Young Artist Competition, the SVSO sponsors the Mittenthal Chair Scholarship. The audition is open to string players aged 15-25. This scholarship, now in its 21st year, is named in honor of Harvey E. Mittenthal, a longtime member of the orchestra and board of directors.
The winner receives a monetary award and is required to join the Skokie Valley Symphony as a section member for the following season. This includes Thursday evening and occasional Monday evening rehearsals September through May and four to five concerts. A musician can compete for, and be awarded, both the Young Artist Competition prize and the Mittenthal Scholarship, but they are not related.
The Mittenthal competition is a separately funded and awarded competition that takes place concurrently with the YAC. Eligible contestants are amateur string players. The winner of the Harvey E. Mittenthal Chair award must agree to join the SVSO string section for the entire 2014/2015 season.
Competitors for the Mittenthal Chair Prize may concurrently compete for a YAC prize, or may compete solely for the Mittenthal Chair Prize. Enrollment on either basis is subject to a single Application Fee.
Mittenthal Chair Prize
Mittenthal Competition Rules
Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra
9501 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: 847-679-9501 x3014