Ehlers Young Artist Concerto Competition


Instructions for 2018 Competition:

CONCERTS: Friday March 23 & Saturday March 24, 2018

AUDITIONS: Wednesday January 17 and Thursday January 18, 2018, in Concord, MA

ELIGIBILITY: High school student or younger, living in Eastern MA; all instruments, including piano.

MUSIC: See the application for details.

Memorization of the entire work is required for the audition.

ACCOMPANIST: Each entrant must supply his/her own accompanist.

APPLICATION & FEE: Must be received by Tuesday January 2, 2018. Download the PDF and fill in the application on page 2.

Mail it with a nonrefundable application fee in the form of a $25 check, payable to the Concord Orchestra. 

AUDITION APPOINTMENT:  Will be mailed about 2 weeks before the audition.

NOTIFICATION OF RESULTS: Winner and runners-up by phone, others by mail. Also, winners are announced on the orchestra website

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: or if mailing close to the due date--Call 978-371-1491 or (978-369-4967).

Download the application and instructions   PDF



2017 Young Artist Competition Winners

Winner (1st place): Nathaniel Abreu, 15, cello, Kabalevsky, Concerto No. 1

Runners up:

Alan Hlozek, 17, cello Invited to play Fri. recital

Julia Zhou, 8, piano Invited to play Sat. recital


About the competition

Each year one of our concerts features a young performer who has won our concerto competition. In addition to performing with the orchestra, the winner receives a cash prize from the Ehlers Memorial Scholarship Fund.

This season's Young Artist Concerto Competition winner will perform with the orchestra on Friday March 23 & Saturday March 24, 2018. Up to two other applicants may be invited to play prelude recitals before the Friday or Saturday concerts.

The Ehlers Young Artist Concerto Competition is open to musicians of high school age or younger who reside in eastern Massachusetts. All orchestral instruments are considered, including piano. Each entrant auditions to play an entire concerto or similar work suitable for performance with the orchestra.The winner is chosen by a panel of orchestra members and the music director.

The Ehlers Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 in memory of Charles and Arlene Ehlers, past orchestra friends and supporters. Contributions to perpetuate this fund may be mailed to The Concord Orchestra at P.O. Box 381, Concord, MA 01742.




List of Previous Winners

2017 Winners


Nathaniel Abreu, 15, cello, Kabalevsky, Concerto No. 1

Runner up

Alan Hlozek, 17, cello

Runner up

Julia Zhou, 8, piano


Previous Winners