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The National Symphony Orchestra

NSO Education: Young Soloists' Competition

To perform as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra is every music student's dream, and this is the prize of the NSO Young Soloists' competition, High School Division, designed to encourage and foster the development of young performing artists in the Washington metropolitan area. In addition, one winner will be presented with a $1,000 cash award in 2015 and perform as soloist with the National Symphony in a concert in a future season. All finalists will be invited to join the student membership of the Friday Morning Music Club without audition. Winners will receive a one-year dues-free membership.

2015 NSO Young Soloists Competition Finals Results:

  • Winner: Emma Resmini, Flute
  • Honorable Mention: Brian Le, Piano
  • Honorable Mention: Didi Park, Cello

[image of a bass] High School Division
of the NSO Young Soloists' Competition

For instrumentalists and pianists in the DC metropolitan area

  • High School Division: application
  • Application Information and Instructions
  • Teacher's Endorsement Form
  • Application deadline: Monday, January 5, 2015
  • Instrumental and Piano Preliminaries (closed to the public): Sunday, Jan.25, 2015
    Location of Preliminaries: Instrumental-The Kennedy Center;
    Piano-Katzen Arts Center at American University
    Audition times for the preliminaries will be emailed by Friday, January 16, 2015.
  • Finals in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 8 p.m. Free

Applications & Forms

The application deadline for the High School Division of the NSO Young Soloists' Competition is Monday, January 5, 2015.