Education and Youth

Youth Concerto Competition

Auditions have been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The BCSO’s Youth Concerto Competition is an annual event that typically takes place on the last Saturday of April. Auditions are open to all students who play an orchestral instrument (except piano) and who are 14 years of age or under on the day of the auditions.

Contestants may play a piece of their choice from the standard repertoire for instrument and orchestra. Preferably, contestants will play from memory. Contestants must provide their own accompanist for the audition.

Interested musicians must live in Bucks or Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania or within a 30-mile radius of Doylestown.

The winner receives the Jeanne Marvin Phillips Prize of $500, the Delaware Valley Music Club Marie Paxson Fund Prize, and an invitation to perform with the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra at its Family Concert the following December.

A sample application form is available for your perusal, although no auditions are scheduled at this time. Please check this page when the BCSO has resumed a regular concert season.

For more information: e-mail Carol Kalbach (

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