MaeLynn Arnold, violinist.  Performer and Teacher

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. ~Victor Hugo


The Wellesley Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition

Posted by maelynnviolin on August 19, 2014 at 12:10 AM


In November each year, the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra conducts its Young Soloist Competition. The Competition is generously hosted by the Dana School of Music, whose Music Building on 103 Grove Street in Wellesley provides a friendly atmosphere and well-appointed rooms for musicians and their accompanists to warm up and to perform for the judges. (The audition room has two pianos.)


The 2014 competition will be held on Saturday, November 1 2014. Click here for the 2014 audition application


Each participant selects a concerto movement suitable to be performed with the WSO at our March family concert at MassBay Community College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Auditions should be about 10 minutes long, and each participant is responsible for making arrangements with an accompanist. In addition to performing with the orchestra the following March, the winner receives a $500 award.


Applications will be available both on this website and from Dianne Mahany at [email protected] It is important to apply early; for the past several years, all slots have been filled almost 2 weeks before the published application deadline, and a waiting list has been put in place.


We have a wonderful group of participants each year, including about 35 young musicians up to the age of 18 (the youngest in recent memory was 8 years old). We welcome all orchestral instrumentalists and pianists to our competition. (It is always very difficult for the four judges—including Max Hobart, our Music Director, and David Archibald, our Assistant Conductor—to make a selection. We have occasionally chosen a runner-up.)


2013 Competition Results – click here for bio and picture


The 2013 competition was held on November 2, 2013. Our competition’s winner was a wonderful young musician named Sammy Andonian. Sammy auditioned on both violin and cello, and won as a violinist playing the first movement of the Mendelssohn Op. 64 Violin Concerto in E Minor. He will perform with the orchestra at the WSO Family Concert on March 16, 2014.


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(NOTE: Applications for the WSO Young Soloist Competition are posted here on or before Labor Day each year. If you have any questions about the competition at any time, please contact Dianne Mahany by email at [email protected] or by telephone at 978-443-5212.)

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