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The Fort Dodge Area Symphony has had a very successful Young Artists program since 1966, where young artists from across our State compete for music scholarships and the opportunity to perform as featured soloist with our Orchestra. As of our 2017-2019 season, we have had the pleasure of sharing the concert stage with 199 Young Artist soloists.

The winners of the 2018-2019 Young Artists Competition were:

Collin Ellsbury, Baritone - Puccini/Queso amor from Edgar
Ashley Xu, Piano - Shostakovich/Piano Concerto No. 2 (Mvt. I)
Kelly Olsen, Violin - Bruch/Violin Concerto in G Minor (Mvt. I)
Joanna Kim, Cello - Elgar/Cello Concerto (Mvt. I)
Joshua Burniece, Piano - Liszt/Piano Concerto No. 1 (Mvt. I)

The Young Artist winners receive music scholarships through funding from the estate of Eva Paterson.

Our 2018-2019 Youth Artist Competition took take place on Sat, Jan 26, 2019. Detailed information regarding this next year's competition will be availble in fall 2019. Audition Rules Audition Rules (PDF) and Audition Form (PDF)