Bolz Young Artist Competition
Preliminary Round: Saturday, October 26 (strings) and Saturday, November 2 (winds and piano), 2019, First United Methodist Church, Madison
Semi-Final Round: Monday, November 18, 2019, Overture Center for the Arts
Final Round: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 (The Final Forte)
Registration for this competition is now closed. Thank you for your interest and please stay tuned for information on next year’s 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 MSO. The competition is open to Wisconsin residents in grades 9-12 who play 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.
The four semi-finalists compete in The Final Forte, which is broadcast on Wisconsin Public Television. Winners of the Bolz Young Artist Competition are featured as soloists with the MSO during the Spring Young People’s Concert. Each winner also 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 MSO Director of Education and Community Engagement Kathryn Schwarzmann at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Major funding provided by
A. Paul Jones Charitable Trust
Fred and Mary Mohs
W. Jerome Frautschi
Additional funding provided by
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