Bolz Young Artist Competition


Bolz Young Artist Competition

  • The Bolz Young Artist Competition is a highly regarded statewide competition in which Wisconsin’s young musicians compete for scholarships and the opportunity to perform as soloists with the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO). The third and final round of the competition will be broadcast to audiences statewide as part of The Final Forte (pending funding) collaboration with Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR).

    The winners will be featured as soloists with the MSO during the Spring Young People’s Concert. In addition, each winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship and the Marian Bolz Prize for Distinguished Musical Achievement or the Steenbock Youth Music Award. Up to two Honorable Mention scholarships of $1,000 may also be awarded.

    A $30 non-refundable entry fee, payable to the Madison Symphony Orchestra, MUST accompany the application and be received before or on the application deadline.

    The competition is open to Wisconsin residents in grades 9-12 who perform on: violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, harp, piano, percussion, saxophone, organ or classical guitar. Previous winners may not compete in consecutive years on the same instrument. Contracted musicians of the MSO are ineligible. Throughout all rounds of competition, the judges’ decisions are final.

    Applicants should fill out the form below in its entirely to register for the Bolz Young Artist Competition. Applicants will receive an automated confirmation email upon successful submission of the form below. Audition information will be emailed to applicants no less than 7 days prior to the auditions. For any questions, contact Kathryn Schwarzmann at The deadline to both register and submit payment is Friday, October 4, 2019.

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A special thank-you to Farley’s House of Pianos for providing the pianos for our Young Artist Competition auditions.

Farley's House of Pianos