Young Artists Auditions Information
Deadline (Extended): Saturday, January 14, 2017
DSO encourages serious study and musical excellence among young
musicians through its annual Young Artists Auditions. This is an
experience that has been designed to be rewarding as well as
educational. Each entrant will be evaluated by experienced judges and
will receive written comments and suggestions based on their individual
Download the information sheet and application.
Eligibility: The auditions are
open to student musicians who currently attend high school or its
equivalent within DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Cook or Will counties or live within
these counties, and attend a high school or its equivalent in another
part of the state. Eligible performers are singers, pianists and
musicians who play instruments ordinarily found in a symphony orchestra
for which there exists an orchestral accompaniment in print of the
audition work. Previous First and Second Place winners of the DSO Young Artists Auditions are ineligible to participate.
Date and Location: The DSO's Young Artists Auditions will be held on
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Wentz Hall on the campus of North Central
College, 171 E. Chicago St., Naperville. Each entrant will be notified
in advance by e-mail of his or her specific audition time.
Requirements: The following rules are in effect for the 2017 Young Artists Auditions:
- All entrants are required to perform from memory.
- Three copies of the music must be given to the judges at the time of the audition. One copy must be an original.
- In addition, all entrants must also provide their own accompanist.
- Pianists who audition as soloists must also provide a second pianist to perform the orchestral accompaniment.
- Only the entrant, accompanist and a page-turner (if necessary) will be allowed in the room while the auditions are in progress.
The audition selection must be chosen from the standard orchestral
repertoire and is subject to approval by the Music Director prior to the
competition. Orchestra parts must be available for rental or purchase
by the DuPage Symphony Orchestra.
Awards: The First Place winner will receive a cash award of $500 and the opportunity to appear as a soloist with the DuPage Symphony on Saturday, May 13, 2017. If the First Place winner cannot appear on that date, the Second Place winner will receive the First Place cash award and will appear as the soloist. If the First Place winner does perform, the Second Place winner will receive a cash award of $300.
Application: The completed application form and a non-refundable entry fee of $40 is due Saturday, January 14, 2017, sent to the following address:
DuPage Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Auditions
P.O. Box 844
Naperville, IL 60566
The entry fee must be in the form of a check made payable to the DuPage Symphony Orchestra.
you have any questions, please call the DSO Managing Director, Krista DesBiens, at 630.778.1003 or send an email to
PLEASE NOTE: Only thirty audition slots are available, which will be determined by postmark date. Any applications received in excess of this total will be returned.
The DSO 2017 Young Artist Auditions event is
generously sponsored by StringWorks.