2020 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, 2016, or 2017 auditions should contact the HSO Director of Education at sharon@hso.org, (256) 539.4818. Teachers who attended an orientation meeting for the 2016, 2017, 2018, or 2019 auditions are not required to attend one for 2020.

The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra (HSO) Young Artists Auditions provide 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 2020 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 guidelines in order to participate in this competition. Accepting YAA Applications September 1, 2019, through November 25, 2019.  An application fee of $30 is due at the time of submission. If the applicant is chosen to advance to the Recital round an additional $50 will be due via Acceptd by January 6, 2020.

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 2019/2020

1 Flutes
2 Oboes
2 Clarinets
2 Bassoons
3 French Horns
1 Trumpet
1 Trombone
1 Percussion


The selections the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra will play for the Young People’s Concerts in 2020 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:November 25, 2019
Final Recital:January 12, 2020, Roberts Recital Hall, UAH
HSO Rehearsal:February 26, 2020, Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, VBC
Young People’s Concerts:February 27-28, 2020, Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, VBC