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Young Musician Concerto Competition

This state and regional competition is open to instrumental music students through their senior year in high school and is designed to promote the growth of instrumental music in South Dakota and the region.


Contestants are required to submit an entry form, musical resume, and non-refundable $25 application fee. The musical resume should be a separate sheet and include a brief review of the applicant’s musical accomplishments including education, teachers, awards, recitals, and orchestral experience.

Entry deadline is January 19, 2024.


The competition is open to any piano, string, brass, woodwind, or percussion student through their senior year in high school living within the state of South Dakota, or out of state within a 100-mile radius of Sioux Falls. The competition is open to soloists only. Applications for ensembles will not be accepted.

Past First Prize winners are not eligible to enter the competition.



Date: February 3, 2024

Location: Augustana University-Hamre Recital Hall, Sioux Falls, SD

Winners will be announced immediately following the conclusion of the auditions.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the competition.  The starting and ending times for the competition will be posted in late January 2024.

Video and audio recording is NOT permitted.  Winners will be announced immediately following the conclusion of the competition.


Repertoire Requirements

Contestants should prepare a solo movement from a concerto, no more than 10 minutes in length.

All music should be chosen from standard repertoire and be of an advanced level of achievement.  Memorization is encouraged but not required.  Four copies of the piano score are required for the judges.



Piano accompaniment is required. Please secure your accompanist well in advance.



Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finalists.

1st Prize – $500
2nd Prize – $400
3rd Prize – $300

Henry Charles Smith Award for Spirit & Enthusiasm – $250

The 1st prize winner may be invited to perform their selection with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra in the 2024-2025 season.  This opportunity may be offered at the discretion of the SDSO Music Director.

This competition, and the cash prizes awarded, are made possible by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra League.



Please contact with questions about the South Dakota Symphony’s Young Musician Concerto Competition.

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