Auditions: Young Artist Competition

The Young Artist Competition is open yearly in January 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 as a part of MasterWorks IV in March.

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

Young Artist Competition auditions in January 2024 , at the Muscatine Community College.

Entrants must provide their own piano accompaniment for the audition.


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

Or Email to :

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2019 Young Artist Competition Winner Joel Peterson from Cedar Rapids, Maestro Dollinger & Concert Sponsor Helen Howe, from the Howe Foundation

In addition to seven concerts each year, Muscatine Symphony Orchestra gives back to the community by helping the next generation of musicians. We support the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra Boosters that encourage and support school-age musicians to hone their craft and play alongside the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra. We do this by providing free tickets to students and proving an additional annual donation based on the attendance level of the students.

Young musicians audition and play in the Young Artist Concert each spring.

Three Muscatine Symphony Orchestra musicians serve as orchestra directors at Muscatine schools: cellist Lindsay Clove at several elementary schools and violinists Guillermo Najarro and Kayla Priest at the Muscatine High School.

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