Bolz Young Artist Competition

Young Artist

Bolz Young Artist Competition

Preliminary Round: Saturday, January 5, 2019

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.

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 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

Fred and Mary Mohs

Julie and Larry Midtbo

Joe and Mary Ellyn Sensenbrenner

Stephen Morton

Additional funding provided by

A. Paul Jones Charitable Trust

Ann and Roger Hauck

Sentry Insurance Company

James Dahlberg and Elsebet Lund

David and Kato Perlman

Marc Vitale and Darcy Kind

W. Jerome Frautschi

Cyrena and Lee Pondrom

Friends of Wisconsin Public Television

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

Farley's House of Pianos