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Concerto Competitions

Young Artists Orchestra, Conservatory Orchestra, and String Ensemble hold annual concerto competitions in which members showcase their solo repertoire. The winner of the competition has the distinction of performing their concerto with their ensemble at the spring concert. Each year, approximately 40 orchestra members undertake the challenge. As of 2016, the Young Artists Orchestra competition is dedicated to John Livingston, whose vision in the arts led, in part, to the formation of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra. In 2014, the Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) started a separate winds/brass only concerto competition to take place at the fall retreat, to be performed with the Young Artists Orchestra Chamber Orchestra.

Auditions are open to DYAO participants.  If you are interested in auditioning this season, please contact Rachael Brown, DYAO Orchestra Manager at


2019 Winners:

YAO Concerto Competition: Lily Primus, harp

Conservatory Orchestra Concerto Competition: Corvina Graham, flute

String Ensemble Concerto Competition: Victoria Chang-Nunley

Wind Concerto Competition: Arianna Tullis, flute

Our Impact This Year

  • Scholarships Awarded


  • Volunteer Hours


  • Dollars Raised


  • Program Participants


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