As part of the student musician’s experience, DYAO holds concerto competitions for all five of its orchestras. The winners will play their concertos with their orchestras. Each concerto participant works for months preparing his/her concerto, which is performed for and judged by local music professionals. Our young musicians learn discipline, perseverance, and professional etiquette. The concerto competition is free for our students, and is made possible because of the generosity of our donors.

The 2016-2017 Wind Concerto Competition took place at Colorado State University’s Griffin Concert Hall on September 10, 2016, and the 2016-2017 Concerto Competition for all instruments took place at the Newman Center’s Hamilton Hall on December 3 and 4, 2016. Congratulations to our winners listed below!

Alec Chai,

Alec Chai,

2016-2017 Wind Concerto Competition Winner
Alexander Chai is a 16-year-old oboist from Colorado Springs. He is a junior at Air Academy High School. Alec has been playing the oboe for 5 years and currently studies with Nancy Brown. He performed Goossens' Oboe Concerto in November 2016 at Lakewood Cultural Center & Pinnacle Charter School
Bryant So

Bryant So

2016-2017 Young Artists Orchestra Concerto Competition Winner
Bryant So, age 17, is a senior in the International Baccalaureate Programme at Rampart High School in Colorado Springs. He has played violin since age 5 and is currently studying with James Maurer. Bryant will be playing Pablo de Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen on April 30th at Boettcher Concert Hall. Photo and Bio Coming Soon.
Michael Young

Michael Young

2016-2017 Conservatory Orchestras Concerto Competition Winner
Michael Young lives in Golden with his parents and two siblings. He is 14 years old and attends Golden View Classical Academy. Michael began violin lessons at age 4 with Laura Barnette. He has continued his studies over the past several years with Margaret Soper Gutierrez. Michael will be playing Bach's Violin Concerto on May 7th at Gates Concert Hall. Photo and Bio coming soon.
Rachel Park

Rachel Park

2016-2017 String Ensembles Concerto Competition Winner
Rachel Park is a 12 year old and has been in the String Ensemble for two years. She is currently studying violin with Stacey Brady. She is in 7th grade at Prospect Ridge Academy. Rachel will be playing Rieding's Violin Concerto on May 7th at Gates Concert Hall. Photo and Bio coming soon.