The Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Youth Concerto Competition is North Carolina’s premier performance competition for young instrumentalists. Candidates aged 13 to 21 hone their skills for a preliminary video audition viewed by the Symphony’s distinguished panel of judges. Select finalists in two age groups compete for cash awards and the chance to perform in concert with your North Carolina Symphony.

Information about the 2023 concerto competition will be available in the fall.


Young Artist Division

(Ages 18-21)
First Prize: $500 and the opportunity to perform as a featured soloist with the North Carolina Symphony*
Second Prize: $250

Junior Division

(Ages 13–18, not yet graduated from high school)
First Prize: $300
Second Prize: $150

Eligibility & Repertoire

  • Candidates must be aged 13-21 and must be North Carolina residents or enrolled full-time in a North Carolina school.
  • Candidates should prepare one movement of a concerto of their choice.
  • Concerto movement should be performed from memory for preliminary and final rounds.
  • Candidates should be prepared to play the entire movement, including cadenzas, for preliminary and final rounds.

Audition Process

Preliminary Round: Video
Application and video submission due Friday, April 22, 2022
Candidates must submit a video recording of their selected concerto movement.
Piano accompaniment is optional for the preliminary round, but highly recommended.

Final Round: Live Audition
Select finalists will be invited to a live audition Sunday, May 22, 2022 in Kenan Recital Hall at Peace University in Raleigh.
Candidates will be notified of advancement to the final round no later than Saturday, April 30, 2022.
Piano accompaniment is required for final round.

Application Fee (non-refundable): $25**


If you have questions about the Concerto Competition, please contact education@ncsymphony.org

*Competition winners from the Young Artist Division are granted the opportunity of performing with the North Carolina Symphony. This may include a live performance with a full- or part-sized orchestra, a recorded performance with a chamber group of NCS musicians, or a recorded performance with piano accompaniment. No matter the situation, each winner will be featured on the NCS website and social media pages and can claim the achievement on his or her musical resume.
**Application fee may be waived in cases of financial hardship. For more information, visit the online application form above.