This unique experience offers young musicians the opportunity to expand their horizons and supports them in their pursuit of musical excellence.

Kristo Orthodontics Young Artist Competition is a cooperative effort of the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Department of Music, Kristo Orthodontics,  Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony, and the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra. Students ages 14 – 18 are invited to enter by submitting an 8 to 16 minute performance recording of a movement of a Concerto or an Aria of similar difficulty. Finalists perform in a live competition at the Pablo Center at the Confluence in downtown Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Download the Kristo Orthodontics Young Artist Competition Brochure


The Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra tours local elementary schools in January in this educational outreach program. Musicians of the CVSO educate students on the classical aspect of music, as well as introduce the youth to traditional instruments one would find in a symphonic setting.

These educational outreach efforts are in conjunction with the youth concert where the Kristo Orthodontics Competition winner performs and the CVSO collaborates with the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony.

To further encourage the students to explore classical music each elementary student who participates in the outreach program receives a voucher to attend the youth symphony with an adult for free.
 “The elementary visits are a wonderful opportunity for the CVSO musicians to give back to the community, the students are fantastic and have insightful questions about music and about what it’s like to be a part of an orchestra.”  — Bill Simon, local educator, arranger/composer


Students from local schools collaborate with the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra to generate an art exhibit inspired by music featured during the CVSO season and generally coincides with our youth concert.

This exhibit is open and free to the public from in the Graham Ave Gallery at Pablo Center at the Confluence.
Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to view amazing art created by local youth!
“It’s always inspiring to see the beautiful and colorful work of our area students fill the walls of the Janet Carson Gallery. For some who work here at the arts center, it is their favorite annual exhibit.”  —   Rose Dolan-Neill, Director of Visual Arts at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council
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