50th Annual Young Artist Awards Competition 2020

CANCELLATION:  sadly, we must cancel the 2020 competition, as part of our community's shared effort to combat the coronavirus. We look forward to conducting the competition again in 2121.

Application deadline:  March 24, 2020
Audition date:  March 31, 2020

The Palisades Symphony invites talented young local instrumentalists who are able to perform a movement of a concerto with orchestra to audition for an award and the chance to play with the Palisades Symphony in a concert to be held at 7:30 p.m. June 14, 2020. The concerto must be from the standard repertoire, the orchestra parts must be readily available, and the selected movement must be memorized.

Auditions are open to students residing in or attending a school located in Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Malibu, Topanga, or Brentwood. Former winners may not apply with the same instrument in the same grade level. In case of a tie, the prize will be shared. Awards are given in the following categories:

  • Grade level 1-6: first place winner(s) will receive $100.
  • Grade level 7-9: first place winner(s) will receive $200.
  • Grade level 10-12: first place winner(s) will receive $200.
  • In addition, the Alfred Newman Memorial Scholarship Award for $1000 and the Chamber Music Palisades Award for $500 will be awarded. For these scholarships, former winners may apply in the same grade level.

Students are required to bring their own accompanist to the auditions, to be  held on Tuesday afternoon, March 31, 2020, at the Palisades Lutheran Church, 15905 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades (directions).

The Palisades Symphony will chose independent judges from the music profession. Their decision will be final, including the decision not to give an award in any or all of the categories, if they should feel that the contestants are not ready to play with the orchestra.

Applications to the audition do not require a special form, but must include name, address, zip, phone, age, school and grade of the student, an application fee of $10, and a brief biographical sketch, including musical training and experience, the name of the current teacher, and the work or works the contestant is prepared to perform.

All entries are to be sent to Palisades Symphony, Eva Holberg, 1081 Palisair Place, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272. Individual audition times will be available after March 29. 

For additional information, please call (310) 454-8040.