The Dearborn Symphony has held a solo competition for local young artists for many years.
In 2004, the competition was expanded to include competitors from the five-county metropolitan Detroit area. The competition is intended to discover, recognize and encourage youth with exceptional musical talent in the Southeastern Michigan area who are pursuing the study of classical music and afford them an opportunity to perform with a professional orchestra.
In 2007, the event was renamed the Dearborn Symphony Youth Artists Solo Competition.
The 2015 winners perform in concert with the Dearborn Symphony in May.
The 2015 competition is sponsored in part by Dr. & Mrs. Donovan Bakalyar.
The awards to the winners for playing at the May Concert are underwritten by the Dearborn Symphony Endowment Fund with trusts established by Anina & Ben Bachrach, and Mary & Frank Padzieski.
Auditions will be limited to the first 30 in each category, based on the application postmark date.