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 aspects 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 CVSO to generate an art exhibit inspired by music featured during the CVSO season and coincides with our youth concert.

The exhibit is open and free to the public from January 31 to February 16, 2020.  It is located in the Graham Avenue Walking Gallery at the Pablo Center at the Confluence.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity view amazing art created by local youth.

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