Bolz Young Artist Competition

Young Artist

Bolz Young Artist Competition

2020 Competition Information

We are planning to hold three rounds of the competition:
Preliminary Round: Video submission due with application, January 11
Semi-Final Round: No additional submission required
Final Round (The Final Forte): Wednesday, March 3, 2021, live on Overture Hall stage (no audience, piano accompaniment only)

Submit application by Jan. 11, 2021

There are a few changes to the rules and procedures this year. We regret that we are not able to accept any wind or brass applications this year, as all instrumentalists will need to wear a mask during the entire audition/performance process.

All applicants must email Lisa at with the preferred audition piece, movement, and publisher as soon as possible to determine if the desired repertoire is feasible for this year’s competition. Please note: the final round will be accompanied by piano only. Pieces will be considered on a case by case basis.

Please submit your application and payment online by Monday, January 11, 2021 and email Lisa at with any questions.

Thank you!

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 MSO. The competition is open to Wisconsin residents in grades 9-12. Previous winners may not compete in consecutive years on the same instrument. Contracted musicians of the MSO are ineligible.

The four semi-finalists compete in The Final Forte, which we anticipate will be broadcast on PBS Wisconsin and Wisconsin Public Radio. Each winner receives a $2000 scholarship and the Marian Bolz Prize for Distinguished Musical Achievement or the Steenbock Youth Music Award. Up to two Honorable Mention scholarships of $1000 may also be awarded.

Contact Education Assistant Lisa Kjentvet at with any questions.

Thank you to our partners

The Bolz Young Artist Competition is made possible by a generous endowment from

The Eugenie Mayer Bolz Family Foundation

Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte concert and broadcasts are the result of a historic partnership among

Madison Symphony Orchestra
Wisconsin Public Television
Wisconsin Public Radio

Major funding provided by

Diane Ballweg

W. Jerome Frautschi

Elizabeth Olson

Julie and Larry Midtbo

A. Paul Jones Charitable Trust

Stephen Morton

Fred and Mary Mohs

Additional funding provided by

Bell Laboratories

Cyrena and Lee Pondrom

Dr. A. Beyer-Mears

Friends of PBS Wisconsin

James Dahlberg and Elsebet Lund

Sentry Insurance Company

Nick and Judith Topitzes

David and Kato Perlman

Darcy Kind and Marc Vitale

The Focus Fund for Young Performers

Special thanks to Farley’s House of Pianos for providing the pianos for our Young Artist Competition auditions

Farley's House of Pianos