Concerto Auditions

Each year the Northern Utah Youth Symphony sponsors a Concerto Competition. To those interested in performing a concerto with the orchestra, please read the following:

  • Music Choices: Candidates for the competition must coordinate their music choice by registering on or before August 10. This assures that their music choice is both available to and playable by the orchestra. No two candidates may audition with the same piece of music; pieces are reserved on a first-come basis. Candidates are encouraged to coordinate music choices as early as possible. Please email info@northernutahyouthsymphony.org or call Julie @ 435.740.4335 to register. 
  • If the chosen music is unavailable other than as rental music, the costs for the orchestra increase exponentially. If chosen to perform a rental piece, the family of the performer is asked to assist with fundraising, or finding sponsors, to help cover the cost. If the piece is a rental, the performer will be informed of this situation before the auditions take place.
  • The auditions will be held towards the end of August or beginning of September. The date will be posted on the Google Calendar. Results will be posted within a week of the auditions.
  • Auditions must be accompanied. Candidates must provide their own accompanist at their own expense. 
  • Auditioning for concerto night is a privilege included in musicians' membership fee; anyone auditioning on an orchestral instrument must be a member of one of the orchestras; those auditioning on a non-orchestral instrument who are not members of either orchestra pay a $20 entrance fee, due on the day of the audition (if there are fewer than 8 orchestra members auditioning). Make checks payable to LBSS.
  • Winners perform with the orchestra, up to one concerto per concert. Concerts are generally the Saturday before Thanksgiving, a Saturday in February, and a weeknight toward the end of April. 
  • Up to three or four performers will be selected each year.
  • If there are fewer than 8 members of the orchestra auditioning, outside auditions will be accepted to make up the difference. Approval must be obtained by August 10.
  • Those selected to perform with the orchestra are ineligible to compete the following year, but are encouraged to perform in Recital Night, and return with a concerto the following year, if they are not too old. 
  • Only youth who are still in high school or younger are eligible to compete. This is not a college competition. 
  • All candidates will be asked to perform at the NUYS Recital Night, an inspiring evening of music featuring concerto audition soloists and other soloists from the orchestra. This concert will be an evening in January. 
Past performers are featured below.



2016-17 NUYS Concerto Competition Winners:
Symphonic Sampler
Saturday November 19, 2016, Mountain Crest High School:

Jaquell Taylor, senior at Fremont High School,
performed Concerto in C, I Moderato,  by Joseph Haydn

Tia Luther, senior at Ridgeline High School,
performed Concerto for Violin in G Minor, op 26, I Vorspiel, by Max Bruch

Mid-Year Showcase
Saturday February 25, 2017, Ogden High School:

Andrew Burnett, junior at Venture High School,
will perform Trumpet Concerto,  by Alexander Arutunian


Season Finale

Tuesday April 25, 2017, Box Elder High School:

Hubert Kim
will perform Rhapsody in Blue, by George Gershwin

Recital Night 
Saturday, January 14, 2017, Brigham City Tabernacle

Anna Blanchard, Drew Burnett, Christina Blanchard, Allison Francis, Jacob Rockwood, Kristene Murrow, Brooklynne Wilkinson, Abigail Blanchard, Erin Blanchard, Tia Luther, Joyanne Bills, Grace Schaelling, Sarah Francis


2015-16 NUYS Concerto Competition Winners:
Symphonic Sampler
Saturday November 21, 2015, Bear River High School:
Allison Francis, junior at Ogden High School,
performed Concerto No. 2, I Allegro Aperto,  by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart




Mid-Year Showcase
Saturday February 20, 2016, Ogden High School:
Makenzie Harris, junior at Bear Lake High School, Idaho,
performed Horn Concerto in Bb Major, III Moderato, Allegro Vivace,  by Reinhold Glière



Season Finale
Thursday April 28, 2016, Box Elder High School:
Megan Brasher, senior at Weber High School,
performed the Violin Concerto, I Allegro,  by Samuel Barber




Recital Night
Saturday, January 30, 2016, Brigham City Tabernacle


Sarah Pehrson, Jaquell Taylor, Megan Brasher, Kristene Murrow, Vanessa Bott, Sarah Francis, Avalon Marker, Tia Luther, Natalie Nef, Clay Johnson


2014-15 NUYS Concerto Competition Winners:

Symphonic Sampler
Saturday November 22, 2014, Bear River High School:
Krystell Taylor, senior at Fremont High School,
performed Symphonie Espagnole, I Allegro Non Troppo,  by Edouard Lalo


Krystell Taylor


Mid-Year Showcase
Saturday, February 21, 2015, Logan High School:
Joshua Austin, senior at Box Elder High School, 
and Jaquell Taylor, sophomore at Fremont High School,
performed Concerto for Two Violoncelli, by Antonio Vivaldi


Jaquell Taylor and Joshua Austin


Season Finale
Thursday, April 23, 2015, Box Elder High School:
Travis Seamons, senior at Bear River High School,
performed Piano Concerto No. 2, I Allegro, by Dmitri Shostakovich


Travis Seamons



2014 LYS Concerto Competition Winners:

Saturday February 1, 2014, Logan High School:
Krystal Matheson, senior at Weber High School,
performed Trumpet Concerto in Eb, III Allegro Rondo
by Johann Hummel


Kristene Murrow, Howell Elementary,
performed Violin Concerto in A Minor, III Presto
by Antonio Vivaldi
Kristene Murrow


David Ban, from Logan,
performed Piano Concerto No. 23, K 488, III Allegro Assai
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
David Ban

Saturday April 19, 2014, Bear River High School:
Joshua Musselman, from Logan,
performed Piano Concerto No. 2, 1st movement
by Edward MacDowell
Joshua Musselman


2013 LYS Concerto Competition Winners:

Saturday February 9, 2013:

Jennifer Ban, student at Logan High School,
performed Piano Concerto No. 1, III Rondo
by Ludwig von Beethoven
Jennifer Ban

Paisley Tarboton, student at Logan High School,
performed Violin Concerto No. 1, II Adagio
by Max Bruch
Paisley Tarboton

Taylor Robbins, senior at Weber High School,
performed Cello Concerto in C Major, I Moderato
by Joseph Haydn
Taylor Robbins

 Saturday, April 20, 2013:
Nathan Brown, junior at Bonneville High School,
performed excerpts from The Butterfly Lovers' Concerto for Violin
by Chen Gang & He Zhanhao
Nathan Brown



2012 LYS Concerto Competition Winners:


Saturday February 4, 2013:
Ryan Stocks, junior at Box Elder High School,
performed Cello Concerto No. 1, I Allegro Non Troppo
by Camille Saint-Saens
Ryan Stocks


Andrew Johnson, sophomore at Box Elder High School,
performed Violin Concerto in E Minor, III Molto Vivace
by Felix Mendelssohn
Andrew Johnson

Joshua Musselman, from Logan,
performed Piano Concerto No. 1, I Allegro Maestoso, Tempo Giusto
by Franz Liszt
Joshua Musselman




2011 LYS Concerto Competition Winners
Sarah Pehrson, senior at Fremont High School, performed the 1st Movement from Bruch's Violin Concerto in G Minor on Feb 5, 2011
Sarah Pehrson



Hector Guadarrama, student at Bear River High School, performed
Vanhal's Viola Concerto in C Major on Feb 5, 2011
Hector Guadarrama

Krystell Taylor, student at Fremont High School, was also selected to perform the Accolay Violin Concerto in A Minor, but broke her arm before the performance. She performed with Lincoln Youth Symphony in the November 2011 concert.
Krystell Taylor


2010 LYS Concerto Competition Winners
Emily Halling, student at Box Elder High School, performed Prelude & Courante from Sonata in g minor by Eccles in the concerto concert, January 30, 2010
Emily Halling


Mitchell Andersen, from Brigham City,
performed Violin Concerto in a minor, III Allegro Assai, by JS Bach
in the concerto concert, January 30, 2010
Mitchell Andersen


McCall Andersen, from Brigham City,
performed Violin Concerto in a minor, III Presto, by Vivaldi
in the concerto concert, January 30, 2010
McCall Andersen



2009 LYS Concerto Competition Winner
Kandra Patterson, freshman at Box Elder Middle School,
performed Mozart's Andante in C Major for flute and orchestra,
February 28, 2009
Kandra Patterson


2008 LYS Concerto Competition Winners
Candace Child, Oboe, sophomore at Weber High School,
performed Marcello's Oboe Concerto in d minor
on March 1st, 2008.
Candace Child


Jana Gardner, Flute, sophomore at Liberty Tree Academy,
performed Mozart's Flute Concerto in D Major
on March 1st, 2008.
Jana Gardner