The annual Clear Lake Symphony Youth Concerto Competition was started over thirty years ago at the suggestion of area piano teacher, Lorraine Merrill. The Competition is limited to contestants in the Houston/Galveston Metro area & designed to enhance performance before a live audience accompanied by a symphony orchestra. Students are judged in junior and senior divisions to provide maximum opportunity for students of various ages and advancements.
Past winners of the Competition have been accepted at Julliard, The Eastman School of Music, Curtis Institute, and other high quality music conservatories.
In addition to providing an opportunity to perform with the Clear Lake Symphony, the orchestra assists these young musicians with scholarship awards.
2018 - 2019 Season Competition (Note date changes below)
The Clear Lake Symphony held a competition on Saturday, January 12, 2019 and Sunday, January 13, 2019 at University Baptist Church (located at 16106 Middlebrook Drive, Houston, TX (77059) for young artists from Houston area high schools, junior highs, and elementary schools. The String and Piano Divisions will are scheduled for Saturday, January 12. The Wind Division of the Youth Concerto Competition (YCC) has changed from Saturday, January 12 to Sunday, January 13. This is due to the Area Band tryouts scheduled for January 12 that would severely limit wind players that might want to tryout for the Clear Lake Symphony Youth Concerto Competition.
The winners will be provided with a scholarship and the opportunity to perform with the Symphony. Click here for the for more information on the Youth Concerto Competition and Application. All Applications must be postmarked by November 26, 2018.
The winners will perform at the March 22, 2019 concert.
See below for current and previous Youth Concerto Competition Winners.
Note: 2019 Youth Concerto Winners will be posted by mid February 2019.