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The Fort Dodge Area Symphony has had a very successful Young Artists program since 1966, where young artists from across our State compete for music scholarships and the opportunity to perform as featured soloist with our Orchestra. As of our 2018-2019 season, we have had the pleasure of sharing the concert stage with 204 Young Artist soloists.

The winners of the 2018-2019 Young Artists Competition were:

Collin Ellsbury, Baritone - Puccini/Queso amor from Edgar
Ashley Xu, Piano - Shostakovich/Piano Concerto No. 2 (Mvt. I)
Kelly Olsen, Violin - Bruch/Violin Concerto in G Minor (Mvt. I)
Joanna Kim, Cello - Elgar/Cello Concerto (Mvt. I)
Joshua Burniece, Piano - Liszt/Piano Concerto No. 1 (Mvt. I)

The Young Artist winners receive music scholarships through funding from the estate of Eva Paterson.

Our 2019-2020 Youth Artist Competition will take place on Sat Jan 18, 2020. Learn more about this year's competiton. Audition Rules and Audition Form