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Young Artist Competition

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild presents the 2018-2019 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 

Download the application form here.

Application Deadline

March 27, 2019 


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 27, 2019 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 27, 2019 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:

Rebecca Streett McDonald
SBS YA Competition Chairperson
4919 Hillcrest Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72205

Performance of Finalists:

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Practice areas open from 8:00 AM

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


More Information:

Rebecca Streett McDonald
SBS YA Competition Chairperson
4919 Hillcrest Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72205

Barbara Burroughs, Director of Education and Outreach
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

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