First Round NYO Solo Competition February 18th, 2018

NYO Solo Competition 2018 Qualifying Round

The qualifying round will require the student contestant to perform a piece of their choice that shows an example of the level of musicianship and technique of that player. No accompanist required for this music competition round.

Important Note: There is no cost to participate in this event, but members must be fully paid for the 2018-2019 season to participate in the first round of this competition.  Deadline for application and tuition payment is Sunday February 11th, 2018

Step One

Complete this form to sign up


Step Two

Make the 2018-2019 season tuition payment

Second Round NYO Solo Competition June 17th, 2018

NYO Solo Competition 2018 Second Round
A repertoire list of music will be provided after the first round to those who are selected to continue on to the second round of this competition. Accompanist required.

Final Round NYO Solo Competition November 4th, 2018 5:00 pm

NYO Solo Competition 2018 Finals
Finalist that where selected to continue to this last round will play the solo piece that was prepared from the second round and will be performing in a "recital style" public concert along with the other finalists. 

Competition Details


Venue: San Diego Youth Orchestra - SDYO
Address:10855 Sorrento Valley Road. #2-C, San Diego, CA. 92121.  

Official URL:

Category: Competition

Ticket: General Admission
Price: No Cost


Price No Cost

NYO Solo Competition Rules and Requirements

Solo competition participants must provide 2 copies of the piece that will be performed at the first round. This selection is the one of their choice. On the first week of March, all participants at that date will be given results and the music titles that they need to order and practice for the second and final round. These are the same pieces that the winners of the competition will perform with the Orchestra or Band during the Spring concert solo performance opportunity. Participants must bring 6 copies of their piece to the second round and just the original for the final round. If the music is not produced at the final round, this may be grounds to eliminated.

Piano accompanists are not needed for the first round of this competition. Piano accompanists are required for the second and final rounds. This service is not provided by New Youth Orchestra, all participants are responsible to search, hire and practice with their own piano accompanists. Private teachers can help locate the appropriate accompanist.

Results and certificates
All members will be given their results after all three rounds. Certificates of participation will be provided to finalists who participate in the second round. Certificates of achievement and cash awards will be handed out to the winners at a ceremony immediately after the intermediate and advanced Spring concert programs.

If for any reason you may not participate in any of these events due to your schedule, please inform us as soon as possible. Any participant who cannot make any of our rounds or additional requirements will be eliminated from the competition. 

If a winner receives a prize, that person must be an active member of the NYO for the complete following season and that person is required to follow the NYO member policies at all times. If for any reason this person cannot fulfill the minimum requirements that are necessary to complete their responsibilities as a NYO soloist competition winner or has to be dismissed from the NYO organization, the title and awarded scholarship will be removed and all certificates must be turned back into NYO.  The New Youth Orchestra reserves the right to take away any prize and membership to anyone who receives an award who cannot maintain the general policies set by this organization. 

If for any reason there are not sufficient participants and/or the level of performance does not meet the standards that NYO requires, any category can be eliminated from the competition. NYO reserves the right to make any changes in any form that may be necessary at any time, in any case, all participants will be advised of those changes via the NYO website, and/or email and/or social media. 

NYO Solo Competition Prize Awards

An amount of cash prizes will also be awarded to winners, but this cash prize will be distributed to the winners after the last concert of the season.

NYO New Youth Orchestra Solo Competition Categories are provided below.

Category list of Cash Prizes 

Category #1 - Exceptional Performer Level (Strings) $300 cash

Category #2 - Exceptional Performer Level (Winds) $300 cash 
Category #3 - High Advanced Performer Level  $150 cash 

Category #4 - Advanced Performer Level  $150 cash 

Category #5 - Lower Advanced Level  $150 cash 

Category #6 - High Intermediate Level $150 cash 

Category #7 - Intermediate Level  $150 cash