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.

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

Young Artist Competition auditions on January 29, 2023 @ 1 PM, 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 :

For all forms and information, click here.

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. The musicians’ support of the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra Boosters ( that 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