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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 2015-16 season, there have been 195 Young Artist soloists with the Fort Dodge Area Symphony.

The winners of the 2015-16 auditions which were held on January 16, 2016 are listed below along with the selections they will play.

Derek Hwang - Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No. 1, Mvt. III
Jina Park - Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Mvt. I
Lucas Yoakum - Neruda Trumpet Concerto, Mvt. I
Keegan Hockett - Mozart Bassoon Concerto, Mvt. I
Adam Hu - Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, 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.