Bolz Young Artist Competition

Young Artist

Bolz Young Artist Competition

2024 Competition Information

There will be three rounds of competition:
Preliminary Round: Saturday, January 6, 2024
Semi-Final Round: Friday, January 12, 2024
Final Round (The Final Forte): Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at Overture Center for the Arts

Register for the Competition by Friday, December 15

About The Final Forte

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 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 Director of Education and Community Engagement 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

Fred and Mary Mohs

Additional funding provided by

Irving and Dorothy Levy Family Foundation, Inc.

Elizabeth Olson

Sentry Insurance Foundation

Darcy Kind and Marc Vitale

James Dahlberg and
Elsebet Lund

Kato Perlman

Trust Point

James Baldwin and
Alexis Buchanan

Friends of PBS Wisconsin

Julie and Larry Midtbo

Cyrena and Lee Pondrom

Dr. A. Beyer-Mears

Focus Fund for the Arts

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

Farley's House of Pianos