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.
High School Division
of the NSO Young Soloists' Competition
For instrumentalists and pianists in the DC metropolitan area
- High School Division: Online 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
The National Symphony Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the Women's Committee for the NSO and the Friday Morning Music Club for their assistance with this project. The NSO Education Program, which administers the competition, is a component of the Kennedy Center Education Division.
David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of the NSO.
This program is made possible in part by the generous support of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education.
Education and related artistic programs are made possible through the generosity of the
National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts.
The content of these programs may have been developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and does not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education. You should not assume endorsement by the federal government.