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The TSO Young Artists Competition takes place each fall, with more than 50 young instrumental musicians (ages 8 – 22) competing for cash prizes and an opportunity to perform with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.  The competition is open to applicants living in Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, and Cochise counties, with the exception of the college division, which is open to applicants living anywhere in the state of Arizona.

Tucson Symphony Orchestra & the Tucson Symphony Orchestra League are pleased to announce the finalists of the 30th Annual Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Competition.

Division I Finalists:
Marquise Demaree, oboe
Jun Lee, cello
Melissa Radtke, piano
Sanem Reinhardt, violin

Division II Finalists:
Aliyah Powe, violin
Levi Powe, cello
Nikolai Robbins, violin
Kai Skaggs, violin
Claire Thai, harp

Division III Finalists:
Bradley Breen, cello
Jisue Choi, piano
Hannah Lui, piano
Ayla Moreno, piano
Jacqueline Rodenbeck, violin
Naomi Turner, cello

Honorable Mentions:
Ramon Garavito Jr., tuba (Div. I)
Rachael Radtke, piano (Div. I)

Congratulations to all who performed!

Finals are open to the public and will be held the afternoon of Sunday, October 1, 2017.

More Competition Information

Division III:  elementary & middle school students, 8th grade and younger
Division II:  high school students, grades 9 – 12
Division I:  college students who have NOT reached their 23rd birthday

Eligible instruments:  strings, woodwinds, brass, melodic percussion, harp & piano.

Application deadline: Friday, August 25, 2017 (postmarked)
Divisions I and III: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Division II: Sunday, September 17, 2017
Finals (all divisions): Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the Tucson Symphony Center

The 2017 Young Artist’s Competition Application Form is available for download here.

For more information about the TSO Young Artists Competition, please contact the Education Programs Manager, Alana Richardson at or (520) 620-9167.