Current Competition

Announcing Prometheus Orchestra’s 30th Annual
Khuner Young Artist Concerto Competition

Auditions set for Saturday, November 3, 2018


Applications for the 30th Annual Khuner Young Artist Concerto Competition are now being accepted. Auditions are on Saturday November 3, 2018, between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.

The Competition is open to Bay Area string, woodwind, brass, harp and percussion players 18 years of age or younger. See side bar for the story of the Khuner Competition, which has been a notable element in the Bay Area’s rich offering of opportunities for young musicians since 1989.

Application forms with all necessary information, including the Competition Rules (summarized below), can be downloaded here and must be filled out and mailed with the registration fee, postmarked by October 19. A flyer, suitable for posting for students to see, can be downloaded here. Auditioners will be assigned audition times after the application period closes, and given directions to the audition site: Church on the Corner, 1319 Solano Avenue in Albany.

Each season gifted young musicians audition, seeking the exceptional opportunity to perform with a full symphony orchestra before a live and appreciative audience. The Competition winner, who must be able to perform January 27, 2019 in Oakland near Lake Merritt, will gain the valuable experience of working with our Music Director, Eric Hansen. The winner will be featured on Prometheus Symphony’s website and in concert publicity, such as by KDFC and other listings. The winner also receives a professional recording of the performance, a framed certificate, and a $200 award. The audition itself is a valuable educational experience for all who apply, as auditioning will be a significant aspect of aspiring musicians’ future careers.

Competition Rules in brief: Auditioners must (1) be 18 or younger on the audition date; (2) be able to audition on November 3rd; (3) be able to perform Sunday January 27th; (4) play from memory at the audition a complete concerto or work for solo instrument and orchestra for which orchestra parts are readily available; (5) bring their own piano accompanist to the audition; and (6) be able to attend Monday evening rehearsals in Oakland. The downloadable application form has a detailed statement of Competition rules.

Questions? The application form answers most questions, but you are welcome to email us:

Where are they now?  We are faced with the challenge of naming just one of the gifted auditioners as our Competition Winner. Last season, the brilliant 16-year-old cellist Davis You was our winner, joining our panoply of amazing young artists. We proudly follow our past winners’ careers as leading musicians throughout the U.S. and in Europe. Click this link Previous Winners to read about Davis and all of our 29 years of winners.

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