Youth Concerto Competition

Audition Date: Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023

Graner School of Music, 4460 Barnes Rd, Colo. Springs, CO 80917

General Information

The Pikes Peak Philharmonic hosts an annual competition for instrumental performers in the Pikes Peak area. This competition is open for students in grades 8-12 who are residents of El Paso or Teller County. The winner will perform a solo at the spring concert of the season with the Pikes Peak Philharmonic.

Please see the Competition Rules and Competition Score Sheet for audition information and requirements. It is our desire to encourage the best musicians of our area to develop and refine their abilities in their instruments’ repertoire. The Pikes Peak Phil focuses on developing musicianship and music appreciation among young people and strategically collaborates in the communities to that end. We encourage our young musician neighbors to consider registering at the link below and begin preparing for this unique opportunity.

To schedule your audition, please contact the competition coordinator Jan Eklund at concerto@pikespeakphil.org or 719-330-6699. Please include the following information in your email:

  1. Student’s Full Name
  2. Address
  3. Email
  4. Instrument
  5. Audition Piece
  6. Length of Piece in Minutes
  7. Name of Accompanist
  8. School
  9. Grade in School
  10. A statement that says, “The Pikes Peak Philharmonic has my permission to use my or my child’s photograph for promotional purposes. Images may be used online, in print, or in social media. “

Past Concerto Competition Winners

  • Benjamin Randall (piano) – 2022
  • Craig Brinkman (saxophone) – 2021
  • Jayna Powell (cello) – 2020
  • Jay Henry Gregg (cello) – 2019
  • Emma Johnson (violin) – 2018
  • Jory Lane (violin) – 2017
  • Jessica Shand (flute) – 2016
  • Ethan Blake (cello) – 2015
  • Sarah Phillips (violin) – 2014
  • Nathanael Leavitt (violin) – 2013
  • Bryant So (violin) – 2012
  • Bryan Gannon (trombone) – 2011
  • Tonya Buettner (violin) – 2010
  • Josh Brewer (violin) – 2009
  • Paul Wright (piano) – 2008
  • Tom Giles (saxophone) – 2007
  • Sami Foster (piano), John Napier (violin) – 2006
  • Natalie Goble (piano), David Siegel (violin), Dan Foster (clarinet) – 2005
  • Rami Foster (piano), Laura Weiner (horn) – 2004
  • Sarah Smith (flute), Jessica Zhang (piano), Julie Meyer (violin), Jacob & Jeno Saghi (violin) – 2003
  • Aaron Perdue (flute), Michael Mccallum (trombone) – 2002
  • Annie Aderman (violin) – 2001
  • Alexander Tran (piano) – 2000