Young Artists Competition

Dear Friends, our competition is taking a year-long hiatus in 2018-19. We hope to have the opportunity to hear you and host more fantastic young talent in the 2019-20 season. Please stay tuned for more information in the coming months.

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The Competition is open this year to violinists, violists, and cellists between the ages of 13 and 18. Participants must be between 13 and 18 years of age as of December 1, 2017.

All participants must reside OR participate in musical study within the New York Metropolitan Area.  If you aren’t sure, please ask us!  Email:

Pre-Screening Materials and Fees

Applicants must upload an audio recording not to exceed 10 minutes in length.  (Youtube, Vimeo, SoundCloud links are acceptable.) The recording should ideally showcase a single movement from their chosen concerto.  Repertoire must be chosen from the approved repertoire list (below). Application must be accompanied by a teacher permission form, as well as the requisite application fee 

Click to download the teacher permission form (PDF). 

There will be three deadlines, each with its own fee.  Submit by: 
          - October 1, 2017 accompanied by a fee of $25
          - November 1, 2017 accompanied by a fee of $50
          - December 1, 2017 accompanied by a fee of $100
All applicants will be notified of their acceptance by December 15, 2017.
Applicants not selected will be notified on a rolling basis.

Procedures, Rounds, and Prizes

A total of 20 applicants will be selected based on their recordings to participate in the Semifinal Round on Monday afternoon, January 8, 2018. Applicants chosen will perform behind a screen and the performance must be accompanied. (The WHCO will have a list of available accompanists If an applicant is in need.)

A total of 5 applicants will be selected to advance to the Final Round on Saturday evening, January 20, 2018. The finals will be publicly judged, panel of judges to be announced. Last year's judges included violist Sam Rhodes of the Juilliard Quartet, violinist Anna Rabinova of the NY Philharmonic, and composer Philip Lasser of the Juilliard School.

There will be three prizes issued:

Grand Prize: $1,000 Scholarship, a solo engagement with the WHCO at our May 18, 2017 concert with the use of a fine instrument courtesy of Florian Leonhard Fine Violins (visit: to learn more).

Second Prize: $500 Scholarship

Third Prize: $250 Scholarship


Last year's competition winner, Coco Mi.

Approved Repertoire

Applicants are invited to apply with repertoire from our list.

Download the approved repertoire list here.

Applicants selected to the semi and final rounds will be expected to have prepared at least one movement from the concerto of their choice.  The winner will be expected to prepare the full work for the May concert.

This year's competition is open to violinists, violists, and cellists only.  

Download the teacher permission form.
(Must be uploaded with your pre-screening materials.)