2016 Final Results

The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and the HSO Guild congratulate the winners of the 2016 Young Artists Auditions:

First Prize: Malkah Sheldon, cello (student of Ariana Arcu)
Second Prize: Katherine Reardon, double bass (student of Mark Huff)
Third Prize: Kevin Yang, piano (student of Frances Schwemmer)

We would also like to acknowledge semi-finalists Chris Bandy, Harley Carden, Riley Carey-Fox, Ashley Eng, and Alison Hu.

The HSO applauds these young musicians for their excellence, and we wish them continued success in their future musical endeavors!

2017 Young Artists Auditions

Music teachers of YAA contestants must attend an orientation meeting in order for their students’ submissions to be considered. To accommodate teachers from out of town, an orientation will be conducted via conference call.

Any teacher who did not attend one of the scheduled meetings that were held for the 2014, 2015, or 2016 auditions should contact the HSO Director of Education at sharon@hso.org, (256) 539.4818. Teachers who attended an orientation meeting for the 2014, 2015, or 2016 auditions are not required to attend one for 2017.

The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra (HSO) Young Artists Auditions provides an opportunity to perform in a public forum and gives recognition to dedicated young musicians for their talent and accomplishments. In addition, an opportunity to perform as soloists with a professional symphony orchestra may be awarded.

Rules and Guidelines for 2017 Young Artists Audition

Entry Procedure

All entrants must submit an audition recording as well as a completed online application via Acceptd. The applicant, parent/guardian, and music teacher must read, agree to, and abide by all rules and regulations in order to participate in this competition. Accepting YAA Applications September 1, 2016 through October 28, 2016.  An application fee of $82 is due at the time of submission.

Application Via Acceptd


For assistance, please contact Acceptd at accountrelations@getacceptd.com or 614-610-9991

Instrumentation for Young Artists Auditions/Young People’s Concerts 2016/2017

2 Flutes
2 Oboes
2 Clarinet
2 Bassoons
2 French Horns
2 Trumpets
2 Trombones
1 Tuba
1 Timpani
1 Percussion

The selections the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra will play for the Young People’s Concerts in 2016 have the instrumentation listed above. If a Young Artist is chosen as the winner of the Young Artists Auditions, only musical works fitting within this instrumentation have the possibility of being played with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. Young Artists performing musical works that do not fit within this instrumentation can be adjudicated as the winner of the Young Artists Auditions but will not be considered for performance with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.

Dates to Remember

Registration Due: October 28, 2016
Final Recital: January 8, 2017, Roberts Recital Hall, UAH
HSO Rehearsal: February 1, 2017, Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, VBC
Young People’s Concerts: February 2-3, 2017, Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, VBC