National Symphony Orchestra: Young Soloists' Competition
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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 2016 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

Click here to apply!

Application Details

  • Application Information and Instructions
  • Teacher's Endorsement Form
  • Application deadline: Friday, February 19, 2016
  • Preliminaries (closed to the public):
    Piano: Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Washington Conservatory at Glen Echo in Glen Echo, MD
    Instrumental: Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Kennedy Center
    Audition times for the preliminaries will be emailed the week of February 29, 2016.
  • Finals in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 7 p.m. Free

Applications & Forms

The application deadline for the High School Division of the NSO Young Soloists' Competition is Friday, February 19, 2016.