Jo Amish Young Artist Competition

Jo Amish Young Artist Competition and the Raymond Santirocco Memorial Piano Award

Open To Instrumentalists and Pianists in Grades 11 & 12

Each year the Penfield Symphony Orchestra holds auditions for the Jo Amish Young Artist Competition. It is open to students in grades 11 and 12 who live in Genesee, Orleans, Livingston, Seneca, Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Wyoming, or Yates county. Eligible instruments are strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, harp, guitar, and piano.

First Place: $400 and an appearance as a soloist with the PSO.
Second Place: $300
Third Place: $200

If any of the three winners play the piano, they will also receive the Raymond A. Santirocco Memorial Piano Award. This award was established by Berthe Santirocco to honor her husband, who was a pianist and a former member of the Penfield Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors. This additional cash award is $100.


Thank you for your interest in the Jo Amish Young Artist Competition.  Please download the application below and submit along with your $20 application fee.

 Thanks for your interest in the 2024 Jo Amish Young Artist Competition. Applications are now closed.

Please watch this site for information on the 2025 competition.


Jan. 6, 2024: Applications Due
Jan. 13, 2024: Audition schedule sent to applicants
Feb. 3, 2023: Auditions Date
May 13, 2023: First-Place Winner Performance

Audition Requirements

Note on repertoire selection: due to time and cost constraints, orchestral parts must be available from a publisher or rental agency in the USA. If you need help in verifying this, please contact the PSO office. Performance must be of the auditioned material.

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