Masterclasses & Competitions

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20-21 Masterclass Series

The 20-21 masterclass series featured a line-up of sixteen illustrious musicians including Vicki Powell (Principal Viola, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic), Kenneth Woods (Conductor, English Symphony Orchestra), Scott Pingel (Principal Bass, San Francisco Symphony), Sharan Leventhal (Violin, Boston Conservatory), Nancy Goeres (Principal Bassoon, Pittsburgh Symphony) and Derek Powell, (Violin, National Symphony).

The series was completely virtual. Students and Guest Artists met on Zoom to work on posture, techniques, and specific repertoire submitted in advance via recording. Each student shared 30 minutes with the guest artist.

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Guest artist pictured above: Kenneth Woods, Scott Pingel, James Shields, Sharan Leventhal, Nancy Goeres, Derek Powell, David Perry, Danbi Um, and Naha Greenholtz.


Each spring, WYSO holds the Concerto Competition for Youth and Philharmonia Orchestra members. Usually students compete for the prizes of soloing with the Youth and Philharmonia Orchestras. This year the competitions will be virtual and the first prizes will be 50% off the WYSO Orchestra Tuition for the 21-22 season.


May 15 DEADLINE: Submit a Google Interest Form by May 15 if you would like to participate in this year’s Virtual Concerto Competitions
May 20-22: Submission Form goes live!
May 20-22 DEADLINE: Concerto Competition Submission Form & Video-Recording is due!
May 27: Competition Results Announced