Since 1919, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions have featured the most talented young soloists from across Illinois. Now known as the CSO Young Artists Competition, this newly reimagined concerto competition will identify one outstanding young performer to be featured in a CSO School Concert during the 2017/18 season. All finalists will play onstage in Orchestra Hall, accompanied by the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in the final, public round.

Applications for the 2017 Strings competition are now closed. Check back in August of 2017 for information about the 2018 Piano competition.

The final round of the 2017 Strings competition will take place on Saturday, March 11th at 2:00 p.m. in Symphony Center.


The Crain-Maling Foundation CSO Young Artists Competition is presented by the League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and the Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.