Young Artists Auditions


Young Artists Auditions - The DSO strives to encourage serious study and musical excellence among young musicians through its annual Young Artists Auditions. The audition experience is designed to be both educational and rewarding for the participants. All entrants will be evaluated by experienced judges and will receive written comments and suggestions based on their individual performances.


Due to COVID-19, our 2021 Young Artists competition will take place virtually. 



The auditions are open to high-school age student musicians who currently attend high school or homeschool and permanently reside in DuPage County or its immediate surrounding communities. For the 2021 competition, chosen repertoire may include unaccompanied solo repertoire; sonatas, arias, or other selections that showcase the solo performer; or a standard concerto movement or other selection that would normally be performed with orchestral accompaniment.


The DSO will award up to 6 cash prizes of $200 each for the 2021 Young Artists Auditions. Selected winters will have their auditions shared via the DSO website and various social media platforms. If it proves feasible, selected winners will also have the opportunity to participate in a live-streamed recital during the spring, if state and local guidelines for in-person gathering and appropriate social distancing permit. All winners may be asked to perform for other DSO programs and events to promote future Young Artists Auditions.


Application Process

Please submit application, non-refundable entry fee of $15, music copy, and video/ link through the DSO website by March 1, 2021. Scholarship assistance is available to those students for whom the application fee presents an obstacle. Applicants are encouraged to submit their audition videos as soon as possible, to ensure receipt by the application deadline. Only 30 audition slots are available, which will be determined by the time stamp on the website submission form. 


Application Submission Links

  • Full audition details can be found here.

  • Submit your application here.

  • Pay your $15 application fee hereScholarship assistance is available to those students for whom the application fee presents an obstacle.

Application deadline: March 1, 2021

If you have any questions, please call 630.778.1003 or send an email to

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