The Young Artist Concerto Competition is a highly regarded competition in which Wisconsin’s young musicians in piano, string, woodwind, brass, and percussion, grades 9–12, compete for scholarships and the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the WCO at Concerts on the Square. Auditions are adjudicated by a small panel composed of the WCO Music Director and musicians, providing valuable professional development for aspiring musicians.

The competition takes place in May with applications due prior. The winner of the YACC will appear as a soloist at a Concerts on the Square performance and will receive the David Lewis Crosby Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. The runner-up receives a $500 scholarship.

The 2021 YACC Application IS LIVE!

 Apply here

 Submit your video audition here

Questions? 

Please contact Sam Pavel, Director of Operations at sampavel@wcoconcerts.org

WCO YACC 2021 Info Handout

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2021 YACC Timeline

VIRTUAL FIRST ROUND

Saturday, April 17

Application postmarked by this date to be eligible to compete.

VIDEO SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Sunday, May 2

Video submission deadline (instructions will be provided after the application is received).

ADVANCEMENT DECISIONS ANNOUNCED

Friday, May 7 

SEMIFINALS, LIVE IN-PERSON 2ND ROUND*

Mid-May (*exact date TBA)
*8-12 student musicians advance to participate in this live, in-person event. If we are unable to hold this event live due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the second round will become a virtual event.

Maestro Sewell presents the 2020 Young Artist Concerto Competition winner and runner-up.

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