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Young Artist Competition Rules


Contestants must be 14 years of age by the date of the performance (September 21, 2024) and no older than 18 years of age at the date of the application deadline (April 6, 2024). Contestants must live in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa or Minnesota. Previous winners cannot reapply. Those who have been runners-up or have received honorable mentions in previous years are encouraged to re-enter the contest.


Winner$1300 and the opportunity to perform with the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra
1st Runner Up$300
2nd Runner Up$200
3rd and 4th Runners Up$100

Music Selection and Recording

Music selections eligible for the competition are (1) a movement of a concerto or (2) an aria of similar difficulty. Length should be approximately 8 to 16 minutes. For comparable length, singers may choose to perform two arias. Any cuts in the score must be approved in advance. The orchestral material must be readily available for the orchestra to obtain.

Recordings must include audio and video. The video and audio quality is the responsibility of the contestant.

To Enter

Submit your entry form, recording, and $30 entry fee at

Entry Fee

Contestant must pay a non-refundable $30 entry fee. Payment may be via Paypal, Venmo, or by a check made out to “CVSO” and mailed to 402 Graham Ave., Suite 205, Eau Claire, WI 54701.


Applications must be submitted electronically by April 6, 2024.


In-person finals will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Finalists are responsible for providing their own accompanist. A three-judge panel will observe the performances and determine the outcome of the competition. The judges’ decisions will be final. No winner may be declared should the judges find no contestant worthy of the honor. The judges may award honorable mentions should they so desire. Failing to adhere to the rules of this contest will result in dismissal from the contest.

Winner’s Performance with the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra

The winner will perform as the featured soloist with the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, September 21, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. in the RCU Theatre at Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. A dress rehearsal will be held on Friday, September 20, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

More more information

Contact the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra office at 715-832-6366 or

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