Young Artist Competition

Young Artist Letter

This annual competition is open to all musicians in grades 9-12 who reside or take music lessons within 50 miles of Muscatine, Iowa, and perform piano, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass or percussion.

One participant will be invited to perform his/her piece with the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra on March 9, 2019 as a part of MasterWorks IV:

“The Many Joys of Youth”

Scholarships will be awarded for the top THREE winners for summer music camps and workshops.

Auditions will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 1pm
at Muscatine Community College.

Entrants must provide their own piano accompaniment for the audition.

Deadline for submission of application: January 23, 2019.

Download the Application Form

Submit entry application to:
Muscatine Symphony Orchestra
PO Box 573
Muscatine, IA 52761

Or Email to :

Helen Howe with An Phan, 2018 Howe Foundation Young Artist Competition Winner.

In addition to seven concerts each year, Muscatine Symphony Orchestra gives back to the community by helping the next generation of musicians. The musicians’ support of the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra Boosters ( encourages school-age musicians to hone their craft and play alongside Muscatine Symphony Orchestra. Young musicians audition and play in the Young Artist Concert each spring.

Two Muscatine Symphony Orchestra musicians serve as orchestra directors at Muscatine schools: cellist Jessica Blanchard at both middle schools and bassist Jonathan Thomas at Muscatine High School and Colorado, Grant and Jefferson elementaries. Both also teach private lessons as well.

For additional information of Muscatine Symphony Orchestra’s involvement in education, please see page 8 and 18 of the following article Muscatine Magazine