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Alton Symphony Orchestra 2017-2018 

Marie Stillwell Young Artists’ Competition


The Alton Symphony Orchestra takes great pleasure in announcing the annual Marie Stillwell Young Artists’ Concerto Competition, Saturday November 18, 2017. The intent of the competition is to recognize talented young musicians by providing them with scholarship awards to further their musical education and the opportunity to perform in concert with the Alton Symphony Orchestra.

Contestants, 12 years of age and younger are eligible for the Deborah Fox Guild award. The Competition is held at the Ringhausen Music Building on the campus of Lewis and Clark Community College
5800 Godfrey Road (route 67) in Godfrey, Illinois. The Ringhausen Music Building is located next to the chapel.

Please send in your application and signed copy of the rules by November 1, 2017.

Click here for application.

Click here for the rules.

Competition Awards
Awards will be issued for three categories:

  • First Place: Cash award of $300.  Performance on February 25th, 2018 with the Alton Symphony Orchestra.
  • First place runner-up: Cash award of $200.
  • Deborah Fox Guild: Award of $100. Performance on December 9th, 2017 with the Alton Symphony Orchestra.

Competition Rules

  • Contestants are to be a maximum age of 21 for instrumentalists and 24 for Vocalists.
  • Contestants are to be full time students with a private instructor.
  • Contestants must reside within a 125 mile radius of Alton, Illinois.
  • Each contestant shall perform first or last movement of any standard concerto or concert piece that has orchestral accompaniment.  Vocalists may use standard operatic literature with orchestral accompaniment.
  • Contestants shall provide the adjudication panel with 3 copies of the music.
  • Audition performance does not have to be memorized; however, First Place, and Guild Contest winners will be expected to perform from memory in concert with the orchestra.
  • Contestants are expected to provide their own accompaniment for the auditions. Pianists are to perform with a second piano (orchestral) accompaniment.
  • No previous first place winner may compete. Runners-up and Guild Award winners are allowed to compete.
  • The 1st place and Guild Award winners of the Young Artists’ Competition will perform with the orchestra at the discretion of the Music Director, conditional upon the availability of the music selected. ASO has a maximum budget of $250 for the rental or purchase of orchestration. Your application fee will be returned if music selection is unavailable or over the allowed expense.  

The contest winners will be notified the evening of the competition.  Upon request, winners will be required to email a high resolution digital photo to  Winners must be available to rehearse at the convenience of the Music Director.  All rehearsals are Monday evenings 7:30 P.M - 9:30 P.M. at Hatheway Cultural Center on the campus of Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois.  
This program is sponsored in part by the Alton Community Service League, the Jacoby Foundation, Alton Foundation, and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Marie Stillwell Young Artists’ Concerto Competition 

Young musicians along with parents, teachers, and accompanists traveled over (a combined) 1500 miles to participate. From this group of outstanding soloists, three are selected. The Alton Symphony Orchestra is proud to perform with the winners of each years competition.

2016-17 Winners

2015-16 Winners


Contact us:
Phone: 618-792-4002
Address: Alton Symphony Orchestra
PO Box 1205, Alton, IL 62002
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