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Competition for Young Musicians

2019–2020 Competition Information

The Livermore-Amador Symphony Association will conduct its 47th Competition for Young Musicians on October 13, 2019. The winners will perform as soloists with the Symphony on February 22, 2020, and will be awarded $500.00.

The annual competition is open to instrumentalists and vocalists who reside in Alameda County, Contra Costa County, the City of Tracy, or the community of Mountain House, California. The maximum age at the time of the February concert performance is 19.

Applicants are required to submit a completed application form, a non-refundable fee of $20.00, and, for preliminary screening, a recording of their playing. Applicants may post a recording video to YouTube and send a link via e-mail. The application deadline is September 8, 2019. Music is to be chosen from the standard repertoire for orchestra, with some restrictions: This season, compositions performed or to be performed by the Symphony in 2018–2019 and in 2019–2020 are not to be chosen (Beethoven piano concerto no. 4, Debussy danses sacrée et profane for harp and strings, Dvořák rondo for cello and orchestra, Haydn cello concerto no. 1, Kahn cello concerto, Liszt piano concerto no. 1, Prokofiev piano concerto no. 3). The selection, one movement of a concerto or a comparable work, should have a minimum length of approximately 10 minutes. For the preliminary screenings, recordings for non-pianists should include piano accompaniment. For piano recordings, accompaniment is not essential. All applicants are notified of the outcome of the preliminary screening.

Those accepted to compete perform in person before a panel of judges, including the Music Director. Contestants must provide their own accompanists. Each student receives a written evaluation. Taken into consideration are intonation, tone quality, technique, style/interpretation, and memorization. Winners, as soloists, will perform the same music with which they competed. Previous winners may re-apply after an intervening year. However, anyone who has performed two times as a soloist with the Symphony cannot be considered as a contestant. If you have any questions you may contact Competition Committee Chair Jutta Massoud ( or 925.525.6070).

(See a list of past winners and the pieces they played.)

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2018–2019 Winners
Competition winner Alexander Canicosa-Miles Competition winner Daniel Mah
Alexander Canicosa-Miles (cello) and Daniel Mah (piano) performed with the Symphony on February 23, 2019.

2017–2018 Winners
Competition winner Lee Competition winner Zhu Competition winner Davisson
Sean Lee (cello), Joey Zhu (piano), and David Davisson (flute) performed with the Symphony on February 24, 2018.

2016–2017 Winners
Sehyun (Eunice) Lee Felix Yu-Shuan Shen
Sehyun (Eunice) Lee (right) and Felix Yu-Shuan Shen (left) performed with the Symphony on February 18, 2017.

2015–2016 Winners
photo of Jiho Choi photo of Tony Kim
Jiho Choi (left) and Dong Hui (Tony) Kim (right) performed with the Symphony on February 20, 2016.

2014–2015 Winners
photo of Misha Galant photo of Vincent Liu Misha Galant (right) and Vincent Liu (left) performed with the Symphony on Feb. 21, 2015.

2013–2014 Winners
photo of Arie Chen photo of Robert Shi  
Arie Chen and Robert Shi performed with the Symphony at its concert on February 22, 2014.

2012–2013 Winners
photo of Angel Kim photo of Vivian Sung  
Young Sun (Angel) Kim and Vivian Sung performed with the Symphony at its concert on February 23, 2013.

2011–2012 Winners
photo of Clifford Tam photo of Christine Xu 
Clifford Tam and Christine Xu performed with the Symphony at its concert on February 11, 2012.

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