Winners of the 2017 Young Artists Solo Competition pictured above:

3rd Place: Jessica Folson, violin1st Place: Gabrielle Halliday, trombone
2nd Place: Sam Hagen, marimba

Gabrielle Halliday (from Grand Forks, North Dakota) will perform the first movement of the Bourgeois Trombone Concerto with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony at its Masterworks IV concerts March 18 & 19

2017 Thoreson Steffes Young Artists Solo Competition set for Saturday, January 7

This competition is open to senior high instrumentalists (students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades) including pianists, and will be held Saturday, January 7, 2017 (storm date January 14), at North Dakota State University - Reineke Fine Arts Center in Fargo, ND starting at 9:00 a.m. The finals will begin at l:00 p.m. and are open to the public.

If you are interested in applying to be a contestant, please download the guidelines and application and mail it to the FM Symphony office at 808 3rd Avenue South Suite #300 in Fargo, or it may be dropped off in person weekdays between the hours of 9 and 5.  Don’t forget to include the $25.00 competition fee. Applications must be received in the FM Symphony office by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, December 1, 2016.

Contestants should select a piece from the approved repertory list linked here. Any requests for substitutions to the repertory must be approved by the FMSO Executive Director, Linda Boyd, by November 1, 2016 by calling 701-478-3676.  

Presented by the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra and Minnesota Public Radio Classical 91.1 FM

ANOTHER CONTEST TO CONSIDER: Young Artist Solo Competition applicants, Classical Minnesota Public Radio wants to hear from you! Submit a recording for Minnesota Varsity for your chance to experience a professional recording session and perform at the Fitzgerald Theatre. The 7th season of Minnesota Varsity starts September 12. Find out more at

Corporate Sponsor of Young Artists Solo Competition

Corporate Sponsor of Young Artists Solo Competition