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The Fort Dodge Area Symphony has had a very successful Young Artists program since 1966. The main contributing factor to the great response of students to the program is that all who win the auditions perform with the orchestra. For most other symphonies, the only student who actually performs with the orchestra is the one who finishes first. As of the 2017-2018 season, there have been 199 Young Artist soloists with the Fort Dodge Area Symphony.

The winners of the 2016-2017 auditions which were held on January 21, 2017 are listed below along with the selections they will play.

Catherine Ju/Cello/Elgar, Cello Concerto (Mvt. I)
Matt Bourland/Piano/Grieg, Piano Concerto (Mvt. I)
Robert Hwang/Violin/Barber, Violin Concerto (Mvt. I)
Haejin Han/Violin/Mozart, Violin Concerto (Mvt. I)

The young artist winners receive music scholarships established by a program set up by the Eva Paterson Estate.

Students who are interested in auditioning for the Young Artists' concert can get more information by going to the Audition Rules page or by clicking on Audition Rules (PDF) or Audition Form (PDF) to view or print PDF versions of these documents.