Young Artist Competition

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild presents the 2019-2020 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

January 31, 2020 


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 February 29, 2020 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 SaturdayFebruary 29, 2020 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 Artist Competition
Jeanne Fitzgerald
54 Montagne Ct
Little Rock, AR 72223

Performance of Finalists:

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Practice areas open from 8:00 AM

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


More Information:

Barbara Burroughs, Director of Education and Outreach
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

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