Young Artists Auditions


Young Artists Auditions - The DSO encourages serious study and musical excellence among young musicians through its annual Young Artists Auditions. Each entrant will be evaluated by experienced judges and will receive written comments and suggestions based on their individual performances.  


The First Place Winner will appear as a soloist at our March subscription concert (March 21 at 3:00 pm) and receives a cash prize of $500. Second Place Winner receives a cash prize of $300.


NEW Audition date - Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020; our original date of Saturday, February 1 conflicted with the Illinois Music Education Conference in Peoria. Only twenty-five audition slots are available, which will be determined by postmark date. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, January 10, 2020.


Please click here to download audition information and application form.

Judge Biographies

Renée-Paule Gauthier

Renée-Paule Gauthier is a passionate performer, teacher, and performance coach whose career has taken her across the United States and Canada as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral leader, and clinician. Dr. Gauthier joined the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra for the 18-19 and 19-20 seasons, and she performs with some of Chicago’s finest ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet, Elgin Symphony, and Chicago Philharmonic. She is the String Area Coordinator, Co-director of the Chamber Music Program, and Violin Instructor at North Park University. 


William Jastrow

William Jastrow’s professional experience comprises 40+ years of high school instrumental music teaching and fine arts administration in Illinois schools. He has appeared as a conductor or clinician at numerous district, state, and national music conferences and festivals, including as conductor of the Illinois All-State Band. Mr. Jastrow has been honored by the National Association for Music Education with a Teaching Music Award, and is a member of the Phi Beta Mu Illinois Bandmasters Hall of Fame.


Clare Longendyke 

Clare Longendyke is an award-winning soloist and chamber musician recognized for her colorful artistry, technical fluency, and ability to interpret repertoires across the musical spectrum. Longendyke has been featured in concert series across North America and Europe and has performed with orchestras in Iowa, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Minnesota. She holds degrees from the Boston University College of Fine Arts, the École Normale de Musique in Paris, and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She currently serves as Artist-in-Residence and Director of Chamber Music at the University of Chicago Department of Music.

DSO New Logo .png

DuPage Symphony Orchestra

P.O. Box 844, Naperville, IL 60566  |  630.778.1003

© 2020 DuPage Symphony Orchestra 

  • Black Facebook Icon
  • Black Twitter Icon
  • YouTube
  • Instagram
  • Black Amazon Icon