Young Artist Competition Rules


Applicants must be 14 years of age by the date of the performance (October 16, 2021) and no older than 18 years of age at the date of the application deadline (May 1, 2021). 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 audio quality is the responsibility of the contestant.

We understand it might not be possible to meet in person with your accompanist at this time. Please feel free to submit entries using prerecorded accompaniment or even solo if you do not have access to an accompanist.

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 ( 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 May 1, 2021.


No in-person finals will be held this year due to COVID-19. A three-judge panel will determine the outcome of the competition based on the videos submitted. 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 October 16, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. in the RCU Theatre at Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Dress rehearsal will be the morning of the performance.

More more information

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

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