Stella Boyle Smith Trust Young Artist Competition

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild presents the 2022-2023 Stella Boyle Smith Trust Young Artist Competition, a statewide talent competition for Piano, Strings, Woodwinds, and Brass. 

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild awards the following cash prizes:
$1,000 Grand Prize
$250 Qualified Winner in Each of the Instrumental Categories


Download the application form here.

Download the rules and procedures here.

Application Deadline

March 11, 2023


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 15, 2023, and must be in a middle school, junior high, or high school program.

Preliminary Audition Procedure

The preliminary audition must be received no later than March 25, 2023. Please send performance videos to Robert Fitzgerald, Stella Boyle Smith Trust Competition Co-Chair at Videos of a high performance quality should be uploaded to a streaming platform such as YouTube or Vimeo, and a link sent to the email address above. Videos can be left "unlisted" for privacy. Please remember that the videos must be recorded with good lighting so that the judges can see your entire stance, all of the instrument and hands, and for strings, the entire bow and bow hold.

Finals will be LIVE on April 15, 2023 at the UALR Campus in Little Rock.

Selections must be a movement of a composition for solo instrument and orchestra from the standard repertoire. Compositions must be performed with a piano reduction of the orchestral score.


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

Mail the application and a non-refundable $30 check made payable to ASOG, postmarked or received by April 10, to:

Robert Fitzgerald, chair
Stella Boyle Smith Trust Young Artist Competition
54 Montagne Ct
Little Rock, AR 72223
(870) 612-9525

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Beth Robison, Director of Education and Community Engagement
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

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