Nova Vista Symphony Mary Jane Beck Young Artist Concerto Competition


Open to all String Instruments and Piano

Applications are now closed.


2022 Competition Details:

Saturday afternoon, November 20, 2021



Opera San Jose Office

2149 Paragon Drive, San Jose 95131


Competition Prizes:

First Prize $300 and an opportunity to perform with the Nova Vista Symphony

Second Prize $200
Third Prize $100


Competition Eligibility Rules:

  • Age requirements: Must be 13 to 19 years of age on the date of the competition to qualify.
  • The competition is open to strings and piano. COVID restrictions bar wind and brass instruments this year.
  • Proof of COVID vaccination is required of all participants.
  • Each candidate is to prepare a complete three or more movement concerto from the standard 18th-20th century orchestral repertoire or comparable piece for solo with orchestra. Adjudicators may request to hear any portion(s) for the audition.
  • All music selections are subject to prior approval by the Nova Vista Symphony Music Director.
  • Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C will be performed this season. All 2022 Young Artist Concerto Competition candidates are advised to select repertoire other than this.
  • Contestants are expected to perform by memory.
  • Each applicant must provide his/her own accompanist.
  • A maximum of 25 entrants will be accepted, based upon the date and time the application is received by Nova Vista. All entrants will be notified of their application/audition status by November 13, 2021.
  • Each contestant is to pay a non-refundable $25 entrance fee through our PayPal link on the application form.

Audition Round:

  • Auditions will be approximately 10-15 minutes long.
  • Schedule times will be assigned and contestants will be notified after the application
  • deadline.
  • Three copies of the composition must be provided, one for each judge.
  • Winners will be notified of their status by email within one week of the competition.
  • The first-place winner will perform the composition played in the competition with Nova Vista Symphony Orchestra in a regularly scheduled subscription concert.
  • The decision of the judges is final.
  • Non-compliance with any of the rules may result in disqualification.


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