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Each year the ISO sponsors a "Young Performers Competition" in which music students across Long Island vie for the opportunity for a scholarship award and to perform a full classical concerto as a soloist with the orchestra. 

This competition provides young musicians with much needed experience that prepares them for the challenges of a future career in music.  Since this program began, the ISO has granted more than 25 performance opportunities to our First and Second Prize winners.

The competition typically opens in September and applications will be accepted for a specified window to November/December.  Finalists are selected and auditions are conducted in January of the following year, with a winner selected shortly thereafter.  The performance opportunity for the winner will generally occur in May at the ISO's annual spring concert.

Watch here for further information about the next competition's call for entries in September 2018.

Our continued thanks to Mr. Peter Horvath for generously underwriting the scholarships awarded to our competition winners.

Winner of our 2018 Young Performers Competition

Anthony ("AJ") LaBarca


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