Concerto competition

To Aspiring young artists, Competitions are an exciting performance opportunity as well as a valuable tool for building performance skills and repertoire.

Throughout the week all students enthusiastically support and learn from these many opportunities at the festival. 

     Now in its 15th year, this competition offers each of the winners a glorious performance at the "Festival Orchestra Concert" in Benson Great Hall with the YAWPF Festival Orchestra with Marlene Pauley, Music Director and Conductor, and featuring members of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra and other professional musicians. It's an exceptional celebration and learning experience for the entire Festival. The chosen winners are cheered by their peers, as everyone attends the performance!  An exciting and memorable concert for all! 


Junior Division: Ages 12 & Under: Mozart Concerto #9 in E flat Major, K271, Mvts. 2 and 3. 
Ages 12 & over: Chopin Concerto in F Minor, Op. 21, Mvts. 2 and 3. 


Preliminaries: Friday, July 14th, starting at 9:00am
Finals: Friday, July 14th, starting at 4:00 pm


Winner of each division will perform with the YAWPF Festival Orchestra in the Festival Orchestra Concert on Sunday, July 16th at 2pm in Benson Great Hall.

Judge your success by your performance - not by the decisions of the judges!
— Artistic Faculty