Dr. Noah Rogoff
UNK Department of Music and Performing Arts, 380.865.8618

The first ever Kearney Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition will draw students from throughout the Midwest to the University of Nebraska at Kearney in April.

The event, which is sponsored by the Kearney Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, is open to students, ages 13 – 18, from Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Wyoming and South Dakota. The first competition will take place on the UNK campus on Saturday, April 30.

“In this inaugural year of the competition, the competition will be open only to players of string instruments, namely, violin, viola, cello and bass,” said Dr. Noah Rogoff, director of the UNK String Project. “As the competition grows and attracts more applicants in the future, separate categories of prizes for performers in string, wind and piano will be administered.

“It offers a unique opportunity for young musicians in Nebraska and the surrounding states to compete for cash prizes up to $800, and a grand prize of a performance with Kearney Symphony Orchestra next season,” Dr. Rogoff said.

Students must also compete with repertoire for which orchestra parts are available, play with piano accompaniment, and compete with a complete work or complete movement from work that is at least eight minutes long.

The competition will be judged by Dr. Ron Crocker, KSO director and UNK music professor; Dr. Ting-Lan Chen, KSO concertmaster and UNK associate professor of music; and Dr. Noah Rogoff, KSO principal cellist and UNK assistant professor of music. Winners of the competition will perform in a concert the evening of the competition. The concert and competition will both take place in the UNK Fine Arts Building.

Applications for the competition, along with a $15 entry fee, must be submitted to the UNK Department of Music and Performing Arts at the following address: KSO YAC, Department of Music and Performing Arts, 2506 12th Ave, Kearney, Ne 68849. The deadline for submission is Monday, March 21. Details about the competition and the application form are available on the UNK Department of Music and Performing Arts website: