Young Artist Competition

Sponsored by Capitol Federal®
Sunday, January 23, 2022
White Concert Hall, Garvey Fine Arts Center, Washburn University – Topeka, Kansas

The Topeka Symphony again offers a special opportunity to talented young musicians. The overall winner of the Young Artist Competition will perform with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra at the concert on Saturday, April 9, 2022. Winners must perform the selection(s) performed at the competition.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS EXTENDED to Friday, December 24th at Midnight.


1. Contestants must be enrolled in the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades in one of the following Kansas counties: Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Douglas, Franklin, Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Lyon, Marshall, Miami, Morris, Nemaha, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Shawnee, Wabaunsee and Wyandotte.

2. The competition will be conducted in four divisions: vocal; piano; wind and percussion instruments; and string instruments. Impartial judges will select the winners in each division. If, in the opinion of the judges, there is not a qualified entrant in a division, no winner will be declared.

3. An overall winner may enter the following year in a different division only. A runner-up is eligible to enter his or her same division, but must perform different repertoire.

4. Competition performances are anonymous. Each contestant will be assigned a number.

5. Contestants in the instrumental divisions may play one or more movements of any concerto or standard work for solo and orchestra which has a readily available orchestral accompaniment and which lasts from a minimum of 7 to a maximum of 15 minutes total performance time.

6. Contestants in the vocal division may sing any combination of arias or compositions from the classical or standard vocal repertoire which have readily available orchestral accompaniments and which last from a minimum of 7 to a maximum of 15 minutes total performance time. Selections should be contrasting in style.

7. Competition performances are limited to ten (10) minutes and composition(s) must be performed from memory. Judges have the option to ask a contestant to perform any section of the selected composition(s).

8. Each contestant must furnish: A) his or her own accompanist for the competition; B) four (4) copies of the composition(s) for the judges.

9. Each contestant MUST be recommended by her/his music supervisor or private teacher. Repertoire MUST be at performance level at the time of the competition and performed from memory.

10. The competition will be held in Topeka, Sunday, January 23, 2022, at White Concert Hall, Garvey Fine Arts Center, on the Washburn University campus. The competition is open to the public.

11. Each contestant must complete the Entry Form found here: ENTRY FORM 

12. Please pay the $35 NON-REFUNDABLE ENTRY FEE here: PAY FEE

13. Cash awards given by Capitol Federal® will be presented to the overall winner and the division winners at the April 9, 2022, TSO concert.

14. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES is midnight, Friday, December 24, 2021. Contestants will be advised of an assigned competition time soon after the deadline. Contestants MUST appear 30 minutes prior to their assigned time and must be backstage and prepared to perform at least 10 minutes prior to their assigned time.

THE TOPEKA SYMPHONY held the 67th annual Young Artist Competition on Sunday, January 12, 2020. This competition gives high school students in grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to perform a solo with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra. Scholarships for the winners are awarded by the Capitol Federal® Foundation.

Winners of the 2019-2020 Young Artist Competition were Flutist Nina Jaramillo, Lawrence, Overall Winner and Winner of the Winds Division; and Violinist Janna Dungao, Topeka, Winner of the Strings Division.

Ms. Jaramillo performed the Concertino for Flute by Cecile Chaminade for the competition and was scheduled to perform it with the Topeka Symphony on April 2, 2020. Unfortunately that concert was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are happy to announce that Ms. Jaramillo will return to perform the concerto with the Topeka Symphony at the concert on January 16, 2021.

2019 – 2020 Young Artist Competition Winners

Nina Jaramillo

Overall Winner and Winds Division Winner


NINA JARAMILLO, Lawrence, is the Overall Winner and Winds Division Winner of the 2019-2020 Young Artist Competition. We are happy to announce that Ms. Jaramillo returned to perform the Concertino for Flute by Cecile Chaminade with the Topeka Symphony at the January 16, 2021 concert. She is the daughter of Lauren Jacobs and Joey Jaramillo. Nina has studied flute and piccolo for seven years and currently is a student of Annie Gnojek. Nina is a junior at Free State High School in Lawrence where she is Principal Flute for the Wind Ensemble. Nina also has performed with the Lawrence Youth Symphony for six years and has been a member of the John Phillip Sousa Honor Band, and Principal Flute for both the Kansas State High School Orchestra and the District Honor Band. Nina looks forward to living in New York City and playing in an orchestra.

Janna Dungao

Strings Division Winner


JANNA DUNGAO, Topeka, Violinist, is the Strings Division Winner of the 2019-2020 Young Artist Competition. Janna is a sophomore at Washburn Rural High School and is the daughter of Cristina and Jan Michael Dungao. Ms. Dungao performed Movements 2 and 3 of Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor by Henryk Wieniawski. Janna has studied violin for ten years and currently is a student of Zsolt Eder. In addition to playing in her high school orchestra and in the pit orchestra for school musicals, Janna is the Concertmaster for the Topeka Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has been a member of the Topeka Symphony Youth Ensembles since third grade. Janna also is an accomplished ballet dancer appearing in the Kansas Ballet Academy’s annual production of The Nutcracker. Janna is a member of the Students Against Prejudice Club and the Sources of Strength organization.

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