Young Artists Competition

Orchestra Omaha has the honor of holding a Young Artists Competition during the fall/winter of each season.  The competition is open to students in the following categories from Nebraska, western Iowa, and southeast South Dakota.

  • String players ages 9-13 compete in the Junior Division
  • String players ages 14-18 compete in the Senior Division
  • Wind, brass, percussion, piano and harp players ages 13-18 compete in the Orchestral Division

The winner in each division is awarded a solo opportunity on an Orchestra Omaha concert, along with a cash prize. Past winners of the Junior Division must wait until they are the minimum age of the Senior Division (14) before they can compete again. Winners of the Senior Division are not eligible to compete again.

2023 -2024 Young Artist Competition Winners

  • Orchestral Division (Winds/Brass/Piano, ages 13 & up) Winner: Mitchell Vacek, clarinet
  • Junior Strings Division (ages 9-13) Winner: Marianne Scott, violin
  • Senior Strings Division (ages 14 & up)Winner: Nicholas Li, cello

Pay your application fee online.

The 2023-2024 application period is closed.

Concerto Competition Application Packet 2023-24

Information regarding past winners of this competition can be found here.