2020 Young Soloist Competition

presented by oregon mozart players

Generously sponsored by Mira Frohnmayer & Sandy Sweet

Open to young musicians residing or taking lessons in Oregon, our Young Soloist Competition provides an opportunity for young musicians to perform as soloists with Oregon Mozart Players on our season finale concert. 

The dates and deadlines are now released for our 2020 competition.

We are happy and grateful that this year's competition is sponsored by Mira Frohnmayer and Sandy Sweet. Thank you for your generous support of the next generation of great musicians!

YSC 2019 Soloists with Artistic Director Kelly Kuo after the May 2019 “Youthful Exuberance” concert.

YSC 2019 Soloists with Artistic Director Kelly Kuo after the May 2019 “Youthful Exuberance” concert.

Prizes

Thanks to the Trudy Rumple Prizes, we are offering the following this year in awards to competition winners:

  • $2,000 | First Prize | Senior Category

  • $750 | Second Prize | Senior Category

  • $1,500 | First Prize | Junior Category

  • $750 | Second Prize| Junior Category

Important Dates & Deadlines

December 16, 2019: Application Deadline

January 6, 2020: Preliminary Round Results

February 9, 2020: Final Round/Winners Announced

Week of May 4, 2020: Two Rehearsal dates with OMP - TBD

May 9, 2020: Winners perform on "Taking Flight" with Oregon Mozart Players


Guidelines

Instrumental applicants must be 18 years of age or under on the day of the final round of the competition, must not have completed high school, and must be residents of the state of Oregon.

Vocal applicants must be 16–22 years of age or under on the day of the competition, and must be residents of the state of Oregon. Out-of-state residents taking lessons with an instructor in the state of Oregon will be accepted in the competition.

Standard orchestral instruments, including piano, harp, saxophone, and percussion are eligible to enter. 

For complete guidelines, please click here.

Application Fee

Our $25 application fee can be paid in any of the following ways:

  1. You can pay online on our donations page here. Please make a note of your YSC application when making your payment.

  2. You can mail a check to our office, located at 1590 Willamette Street, Suite 300; Eugene, OR 97401. Your check must be received in our office before the application deadline to be considered.

  3. We are happy to process credit card payments over the phone at (541) 345-6648. Our regular office hours are Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, please be aware that we are a small office, so if we cannot come to the phone, please leave a voicemail with your name, number, and a good time to return your call.


Past Young Soloist Competition Winners

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Morgan Paige is a senior vocal performance major at the University of Oregon. She is originally from Oak Park, California, and has been singing since she was a little girl. While she has always had a passion for performing and musical theater, she has discovered a new passion for opera and classical music in college. She has performed the role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with the UO Opera ensemble, and performed the role of Olympia in the UO Opera ensemble’s production of Les contes d’Hoffmann this February. She has also performed in the Opera Zarzuela Scenes program last year in Beall Hall, at MarshAnne Landing Winery, and at the Oregon Bach Festival. She is a recent first-place winner in the Northwest Regional Round of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition. She is also a member of the UO Chamber Choir, and is eagerly anticipating the ensemble’s upcoming trip to Sweden to participate in the International Choir Games; additionally, she is looking forward to participating in Musik Theater Bavaria in Germany this coming summer. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano and composing, as well as learning to cook new recipes. Morgan is currently 21 years old and is a student of Dr. Karen Esquivel.

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Angela Rose Padula is currently in the 6th grade at Trinity Academy in Portland, Oregon. She began playing cello at age 7. After moving to the Portland area this past summer, she began studying with Hamilton Cheifetz. Prior to this, Angela Rose studied with Andrew Cook at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, receiving highest scores on juries and performing in Honors recitals. With her first teacher, Alita Rhodes, Angela Rose received the highest score in the country for her level in the Royal Conservatory of Music assessment program, receiving a gold medal and performing in a Festival of Excellence at USC. Angela Rose has also played in a string trio with her brothers for 5 years, performing as an Honors Group with Junior Chamber Music of LA, and receiving second place in Classics Alive Competition. The trio also have a Celtic style fiddle band, Three for Joy. Angela Rose is currently 12 years old and is a student of Hamilton Cheifetz.

Trinity Goff began piano lessons at the age of three and is currently studying under Dr. Jean-David Coen of Willamette University. Her most recent awards include second place at the Wiscarson Young Musicians’ Concerto Competition, second place at the Donna and David Eason State Scholarship Competition, and first place in the Gibbens Family Scholarship Competition. She has been a winner in many OMTA State Festivals, and in 2017 she passed with distinction the highest level of OMTA Syllabus. In 2018, she attended the John Perry Academy of Music Summer Festival. Trinity has had masterclasses and lessons from renowned teachers John Perry, Sasha Starcevich, Gregg Pauley, and Andrew Park. Besides playing the piano, Trinity enjoys playing the organ, composing, reading, and watching baseball. Trinity is currently 17 years old and is a student of Dr. Jean-David Coen.

Sadie Wang is a fifth grader at Jacob Wismer Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. A student of Hyun-Jin Kim, Sadie began playing cello at age 8. After just over 9 months of learning cello, she received first place in the 2017 Oregon Cello Society Scholarship audition. Sadie has participated in a solo master class with Jeffrey Butler in June 2018 and she was selected for the live audition round of the MetroArts Inc. 25th Young Artists Debut Competition. Sadie is the First Place Winner of the 2018 American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music and she will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City on March 31, 2019. Sadie joined the Portland Youth Philharmonic Young String Ensemble in 2017, and was selected as the Principal Cellist and a member of the PYP Young String Ensemble String Quartet. She is currently a member of Portland Youth Conservatory Orchestra. Sadie is currently 11 years old and is a student of Hyun-Jin Kim.

2019

Morgan Paige, soprano | Senior Division | First Place
Offenbach: “Les oiseaux dans la charmille” from Les contes d’Hoffmann
Bernstein: “Glitter and Be Gay” from Candide

Angela Rose Padula, cello | Junior Division | First Place
Boccherini: Cello Concerto in B-Flat Major, I. Allegro moderato

Trinity Goff, piano | Senior Division | Second Place
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 73, I. Allegro

Sadie Wang, cello | Junior Division | Second Place
Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major, III. Allegro molto

2018

Nicholas Dill, violin | Senior Division | First Place
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64, I. Allegro molto appassionato

Ian Song, violin | Junior Division | First Place
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64, I. Allegro molto appassionato

Annie Zhang, cello | Senior Division | Second Place
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Jude Dow-Hygelund, piano | Junior Division | Second Place
Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, I. Molto allegro con fuoco

2017

Avery Hsieh, piano | Senior Division | First Place
Weber: Konzertstuck in F Minor, Op. 79, I. Larghetto: Affettuoso

Claire Ku, piano | Junior Division | First Place
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 19, I. Allegro con brio

Victor Rudkowsky, piano | Senior Division | Second Place
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 102, I. Allegro

Jude Dow-Hygelund, piano | Junior Division | Second Place
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18, I. Allegro con brio

2016

Grace Rosier, violin | Senior Division | First Place
Ravel: Tzigane, M. 76

Michael Gu, piano | Junior Division | First Place (tie)
Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25, I. Molto allegro con fuoco

Adrian Hsieh, cello | Junior Division | First Place (tie)
Saint-Säens: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33, III. Molto allegro

Catherine Youn, piano | Senior Division | Second Place
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54, I. Allegro affettuoso

Kira Wang, cello | Junior Division | Second Place
Boccherini: Cello Concerto No. 9 in B-flat Major, I. Allegro moderato

2015

John Fawcett, violin | Senior Division | First Place
Dvořák: Violin Concerto in A Minor, III. Finale: Allegro giocoso ma non troppo

Claire Wells, violin | Junior Division | First Place
Arutiunian: Violin Concerto, II. Allegretto, III. Adagio recitativo, IV. Allegro molto

Tristan Jong, piano | Senior Division | Second Place
MacDowell: Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 23, I. Larghetto calmato

Michael Gu, piano | Junior Division | Second Place
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K. 414, I. Allegro