Young Artists Competition

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2022 Poster

YAC 2022 Poster Link

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 the choice to resubmit the same piece again or have original submission judged for final decision.

Contestant must be under the age of 26 on February 5, 2022 and must be a resident or resident student of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina or Tennessee.
Applications must be submitted electronically by email to:
Deadline: 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.

For young musical artists, this yearly competition organized by the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, is traditionally held in early February at CALLAWAY AUDITORIUM.   Callaway Auditorium is located on the campus of LaGrange College, in LaGrange, Georgia.

The 2022 YAC event is for wind instruments, 2023 is for string instruments, and 2024 is for piano.

The LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Dr. Barbara Kaplan, began the Young Artists Competition (YAC) in 1996 to encourage professional standards of performance among young musicians. Originally formed to serve residents or resident students within a 50 mile radius of LaGrange, the competition now serves talented young musicians from six southeastern states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Each year the contestants perform before nationally and internationally recognized judges. The first place winner is invited to perform with the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra later in the concert season.

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, longtime LaGrange resident, devoted supporter of music in the community, and widow of Dr. Render Turner. Dot’s daughter Isabelle Knight is a former member of the LSO and 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.

Previous Winners

Season 2020/2021
Angelina Ning

First Place 2021
Angelina Ning
American Heritage School, Boca Delray

Luke Turner

Second Place 2021
Luke Turner
Vanderbilt University

Arturo Fernandez

Third  Place 2021
Arturo Fernandez
Florida Gulf Coast University

Season 2019/2020
Melody Sim

First Place 2020
Melody Sim
Vanderbilt University

Hanna Hrybkova

Second Place 2020
Hanna Hrybkova
Columbus State University

Francis Tsai

Third  Place 2020
Francis Tsai
Hope Christian School

Season 2018/2019
First Place

First Place 2019
Connor Holland
Florida State University

Second Place

Second Place 2019
Adeline M. DeBella
Columbus State University

Third Place

Third  Place 2019
Kirk-Jearvin Gumarin Habana
Columbus State University

Season 2017/2018
2018 YAC Winner

First Place 2018
Yannie Tan
Atlanta International School

2018 2nd place YAC

Second Place 2018
Dina Kasman
Vestavia Hills High School

Third Place YAC Elisabeth Tsai

Third  Place 2018
Elisabeth Tsai
Columbus State University

Season 2016/2017
YAC 1st place Richard Cho

First Place 2017
Richard Cho
Alpharetta High School

YAC 2nd Place 2017

Second Place 2017
Weiru Sheng
Columbus State University

YAC third place 2017

Third  Place 2017
Olivia Palazzolo
University of Memphis