Young Artist Competition

Information & Guidelines

Winners of each of the 4 solo divisions - Woodwinds, Strings, Piano, and Brass/Percussion - will all receive recognition. Two over-all winners will each receive a $700 cash prize and will be featured soloists at our Sunday, May 17, 2020 concert. The remaining division winners will each receive $50.


The competition is open to solo performers of all orchestral instruments and piano. Performers must be between the ages of 17 and 25 as of January 1, 2021 and enrolled at a college or university in Oklahoma. Previous featured soloists may not apply.

Music Selection

The selection should be a single concerto movement, substantive to stand alone, an entire concerto of brief length, or a work for solo instrument and orchestra, with a maximum duration of 25 minutes. The selection must be approved by the audition committee as to suitability to the orchestra (factors may include availability, cost, instrumentation). Solo selections performed recently by the orchestra are not recommended. Memorization is strongly preferred, but not required.


For the competition, contestants must provide the judges with two copies of the music, including one original (published) score or piano reduction, with measures numbered. Cuts may be made in long tutti passages for the competition. Decision of the judges is final. OCO reserves the right to withhold prizes if no contestants are deemed qualified or the music is deemed unsuitable for the orchestra.

Other Guidelines

Contestants are responsible for all personal expenses and must provide their own accompanists for the competition.

Entry fee (non-refundable): $35.00

Winners must be available for three Monday evening rehearsals, including the dress rehearsal, prior to the concert performance.

Contact / Questions

If you have any questions, please reach out via email at or leave a voicemail at (405) 329-8253.