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Young Artist Competition

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild presents the 2017-2018 Stella Boyle Smith Young Artist Competition, a statewide talent competition for Piano, Strings, Woodwinds, and Brass. 

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild awards the following cash prizes:

$250 to the winner in each of the four categories

$750 First Place
$500 Second Place 

Check back soon for the application form.

Application Deadline

March 9, 2018 


Contestants must be residents of the state of Arkansas and between the ages of 12 and 18. Contestants may not reach their 19th birthdays by April 7, 2018 and must be in a middle school, junior high or high school program.

Application Procedure

Preliminary audition and Final will be by live performance on Saturday April 7, 2018 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. 

Preliminary performances are open only to families and teachers of the performers. The Final is open to the public.

No specific repertoire is required, but selections must be a movement of a composition for solo instrument and orchestra and performed from memory.

Contestants are required to provide their own pianists to perform orhcestra reductions.

Mail the application and a non-refundable $25 check made payable to the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild to:

Stella Boyle Smith Young Artists Competition
Jeannine Stephens
Cromwell Architects Engineers
101 South Spring Street
Little Rock, AR 72201

Performance of Finalists:

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Practice areas open from 8:00 AM

Fine Arts Building
UALR campus
28th and University Avenue
Little Rock, Arkansas


More Information:

Jeannine Stephens, Chair
Stella Boyle Smith Young Artists Competition
(501) 372-2900

Barbara Burroughs, Director of Education and Outreach
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

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