Music Department

Young Artist

2016 Young Artist Picture for Web

This is a wonderful opportunity for talented young musicians
to audition and perform with a symphony orchestra.



All musicians ages 15-20 who reside in the State of Wyoming.


Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Instrumental, Vocal & Piano. Prizes will consist of a solo performance with the Northwest Civic Orchestra on Saturday, April 29, 2017, and a cash prize of $300.


For instrumentalists and pianists: one movement from a concerto, or a one-movement work for soloist and orchestra.

For vocalists: either an opera, oratorio or cantata aria, or another work for voice and orchestra.

Selected work must be considered to be a standard work for soloist/solo instrument and orchestra. For further information, please contact Maurine Akin at (307) 754-4857 or

Competition Guidelines

  • Wyoming Young Artist Competition is open to musicians of all nationalities between the ages of 15 and 20. (As of January 14, 2017)
  • Applicant must perform their competition piece from memory.
  • Applicant must provide 3 hard copies or 1 digital copy of the score to accompany the online application. Digital copies can be uploaded with the application. Hard copies of scores can be mailed to Young Artist Competition, Northwest College Music Department, 231 W 6th Street Bldg 2, Powell, WY 82435.
  • Applicant is responsible for any expenses incurred while participating in the Wyoming Young Artist Competition and/or performing with the Northwest Civic Orchestra.
  • Please refer to the "Repertoire" section for accepted works.
  • Winners must be available for rehearsals on Thursday, April 27 (6:30 pm) and Saturday, April 29 (1:00 pm), as well as the performance on Saturday, April 29 (7:00 pm).


Each contestant must submit a completed online application form before Monday, January 9, 2017. Auditions will be held at the Nelson Performing Arts Auditorium on the Northwest College campus in Powell, WY on Saturday, January 14, 2017. Auditions will begin at 1:00 pm. On or before January 11th, each contestant will be assigned a specific audition time. Please use the button below to submit your online application.




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