Tenth Annual Hays Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition

The Fort Hays State University Department of Music and Theatre and the Hays Symphony Orchestra proudly announce the tenth annual Hays Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition.

Download the Application Form

Competition Information:
The 2013-14 competition is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists except piano. The 2014-15 competition will be open only to pianists.

Preliminary Round: FHSU Campus, Malloy Hall
Saturday, November 9, 2013

Final Round: FHSU Campus, Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Up to three finalists will be selected for the final round, a public performance with the Hays Symphony Orchestra at its February 8, 2014 concert. Prizes will be announced immediately following the concert.

First Prize: The Hays Symphony Young Artists' Prize

Second Prize:

Third Prize:

Past First Prize Winners:
2013: Daniel Chai-Te, piano, Lawrence, KS
2012: Evgenny Zvonnikov, violin, Wichita, KS
2011: Stanton Nelson, piano, Lawrence, KS
2010: Connie Mak, piano, Lawrence, KS
2009: Christopher Nichols, clarinet, Lawrence, KS
2008: Emma Casey, flute, Lawrence, KS
2007: Sun Young Jo, piano, South Korea
2006: Alex Toepfer, saxophone, Hays, KS
2005: Andrew Wright, piano, Wichita, KS
2004: Alisha Eickhoff, voice, Hays, KS


  1. All instrumentalists and vocalists (except pianists) age 29 and under at the time of the final round of the competition are eligible to complete. Previous finalists are not allowed to compete.
  2. Single Concerto movements are acceptable, though complete works are preferred. Repertoire presented at the preliminary round will be repertoire performed at the final round, should  the contestant advance; there will be NO exceptions to this rule. The list of suggested repertoire for each medium is available under Repertoire List. Repertoire not found on the list must be submitted to Dr. Kristin Pisano for approval.
  3. Memorization is required for both rounds. Preliminary round applicants should bring three copies of the score (full orchestra score preferred), with any cuts marked, to their preliminary round audition. Preliminary round times will be 20 minutes in length; cuts may be necessary for the prelims if your piece lasts longer than 20 minutes.
  4. Tapes/recordings will not be accepted.
  5. Accompanists are required for the preliminary round but will not be provided. Contestants must bring their own accompanists.
  6. Application forms are due to (NOT postmarked by) FHSU no later than Saturday, October 12, 2013. This deadline will be strictly enforced. Applications can be emailed, or can be photocopied and sent via postal mail. Applications should be sent to:

    Dr. Kristin Pisano, Associate Professor of Music
    Fort Hays State University
    Department of Music and Theatre
    600 Park Street
    Hays, KS 67601
  7. All applicants must include a $20 registration fee (checks payable to FHSU Department of Music and Theatre) with their application, and must be RECEIVED by Saturday, October 12, 2013.

Contact Dr. Kristin Pisano at kpisano@fhsu.edu or 785-628-4294.