Young Artists' Competition

COT's first Young Artists' Competition (YAC) in 1984 was the only event of its kind in this area for high-school age musicians. Other competitions in town were open to college-age students as well, so the younger children rarely had a chance to win the opportunity to perform. It has expanded to three categories: winds and percussion, piano, and strings. Each category is judged separately with both a junior and a senior division. The competition offers students a good introduction to the audition process. Winners gain public exposure and are awarded cash prizes. The event provides each entrant a unique learning experience, and music teachers from both studios and schools applaud the orchestra for this contribution to the young musicians’ development. To date, COT has hosted over 70 performances by students ranging from elementary to high-school age.

We will again be offering an Ensemble category, the first of its kind in Tucson. Groups of 2 to 10 young musicians may apply together as an ensemble and perform a chamber work. Groups may consist of students of any age (up through Grade 12). The selected piece should not require orchestral accompaniment. Read the Rules & Eligibility document below for all the details.

Winners of the 2017 Young Artists' Competition!


Junior Winds/Percussion

     1st Place: Jeremy Bryant, Trumpet

Senior Winds/Percussion

     1st Place: Quinton Nickum, Clarinet

     2nd Place: Thomas Gerald, Tuba

     Honorable Mention: Seth Roland, Trombone


Junior Piano

     1st Place: Orly Liu

     2nd Place: Hannah Lui

     Honorable Mention: Jisue Choi

Senior Piano

     1st Place: Nicholas Turner

     2nd Place: Jaclyn Simmons-Rolin


Junior Strings

     1st Place: Naomi Turner, Cello

     2nd Place: Sarah Joy Roland, Cello

     Honorable Mention: Lee MacDonald, Cello

Senior Strings

     1st Place TIE: Kai Skaggs, Violin and Lilly Cottam, Cello

     2nd Place: Aliyah Powe, Violin


     1st Place: Powe Trio (Violin, Cello, Piano) 

The 2017 Competition is now over. Files for the 2018 Competition will be available in Fall 2017.  

Support the YAC Competition

The Young Artists' Competition is made possible in large part by the donations of generous supporters, just like you. Your financial gift will help offset the many costs involved in launching a successful competition, including promotional flyers, audition space, music rental, and award money and certificates, to name just a few. With your support, we will continue to offer outstanding opportunities to young, aspiring musicians. Please donate to the YAC today.

Many thanks to the COT Quail Creek Guild for making a significant contribution to the 2017 Young Artists' Competition through the raffle held at our Quail Creek Pops Concert on April 17, 2016.

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