Masterclasses & Competitions

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21-22 Masterclass Series

The 21-22 masterclass series featured a line-up of seven illustrious musicians: Sonora Slocum, Megumi Kanda, Derek Powell, Alicia Lee, Samantha Rodriguez, Susan Babini and Naha Greenholtz.  If you click the artists’ names below, you will be taken to their artist bios.

Masterclass Artist Collage

2021-22 Guest masterclass artists are pictured above (from left to right):  Derek Powell, Alicia Lee, Naha Greenholtz, Samantha Rodriguez, Susan Babini, Sonora Slocum and Megumi Kanda.


Each spring, WYSO holds the Concerto Competition for Youth and Philharmonia Orchestra members. Students will compete for the prizes of soloing with the Youth and Philharmonia Orchestras in the Spring Concerts.



 2021 – 2022 Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition: The competition results are now out. Read here to learn more.

2021 – 2022 Philharmonia Orchestra Concerto Competition:

      Click here for Philharmonia Orchestra Submission Form


    • Your choice of repertoire must be approved before your application will be accepted. Refer to the list of pre-approved repertoire for your orchestra and contact Yanzel Rivera at ASAP if your choice is not on the list.
    • Members who have previously won the competition with a specific WYSO orchestra may not compete with the same orchestra again.
    • Auditions are limited to 10 minutes of an approved concerto. Competitors should prepare a section or movement of their concerto that fits within this time frame and best represents their ability. The time-keeper will indicate when time is up. (Winners will perform their concert/movement without cuts, although pieces should be limited to 18 minutes.
    • Competitors must secure an accompanist for the audition. Please inform the accompanist in advance that the auditions will be recorded for study purposes.
    • Memorization is encouraged but is not required.