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Young Artists Competition for Wind Instruments

Young Artists Competition for Winds

Details to Enter

The date of the next Young Artists Competition sponsored by the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra is February 5th, 2022. This competition is for Wind instruments only(The Young Artists Competition to be held in 2023 is for Strings, and 2024 is for Piano.)  Contestants for the 2022 competition must be under the age of 26 on February 5, 2022.  They must also be a resident or resident-student of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina or Tennessee.

Information specific to the 2022 competition:
Finalists will be expected to perform live for the competition judges on the morning of February 5, 2022. If it is deemed unsafe to hold a live performance on that date due to COVID, finalist will be given two choices.  They may resubmit the same piece again or have the original submission judged for a final decision.

Participants in the Young Artists Competition compete for three awards:

First Place: Dorothy Allen Turner Award – $1,500

This award honors the memory of Dorothy Allen Turner.  She was a longtime LaGrange resident, devoted supporter of music in the community, and widow of Dr. Render Turner. In addition, Dot’s daughter Isabelle Knight is a former member of the LSO while her granddaughter Callie Knight Hammond is the current assistant concert master of the LSO as well as the conductor of the youth string ensemble. Her son in law, Charles Knight, is a past President of the Symphony board. The Cash award of $1,500 includes the opportunity to perform as guest soloist with the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra. 1st place winner appears with the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra in Callaway Auditorium.

Second Place: Max Kaplan Award – $1,000

The second place award honors the memory of Dr. Max Kaplan. Dr. Kaplan, a university professor, author and lecturer, was a sociologist, violinist and member of the LSO board from 1992 to 1998. A resident of Meriwether County, he was deeply involved in LaGrange’s cultural life. His wide experience with orchestras as concertmaster and conductor, and as co-organizer of the famed Boston Youth Symphony, made him invaluable to the LSO board.

Third Place: NOTE Award – $500

This award was named by the donor, Eunice Connally Carr. The NOTE acronym designates an award which meets a Need, provides an Opportunity for young people, recognizes Talent, and rewards significant Effort on the part of the young performer. Contestant must be under the age of 26 on the date of the competition and must be a resident or resident student of Georgia, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina or Tennessee.

Visit the Young Artists Competition web page HERE to see more information about the monetary prizes awarded, and a gallery of previous winners.  The first place winner of this competition will be awarded their prize and also perform, in concert, with the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra.

Deadline to enter is December 10, 2021

Applications must be submitted electronically by email to: The deadline to enter is 11:59 PM on December 10, 2021 (for receipt of all materials)

More specifics can be found on the 2022 application HERE and on the official 2022 YAC poster HERE.


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