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 2017 winners perform in concert with the Dearborn Symphony May 5, 2017.
The 2017 competition is sponsored in part by Dr. & Mrs. Donovan Bakalyar.
The awards to the winners for playing at the 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.
Applications and audition information will be posted here for 2018 when available
Piano Division Competition – Greg Turner, Piano
Wind Division Competition – Nickolas Hamblin, Clarinet
Greg Turner is a 12th grader from Clawson and was a semi-finalist last year.
Nickolas Hamblin is a 10th grader from Riverview HS and plays in the Dearborn Youth Symphony as well as the top group of the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra.