Rondo Young Artist Festival

(Instrumentalists, and Ensemble)

The inclusive nature of this competition is open to all instrumentalists and ensembles, ages 5-18. Winners grace world-renowned concert halls such as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Victor Borge Hall and others. Voice students are inapplicable in this division.

Repertoire Requirements - Applicant must choose one or more pieces from standard repertoire (transcriptions and arrangements are welcome).

All applications are due by Monday, May 17th, 2021.

Virtual Youtube auditions are accepted this year, and should be emailed to us at: info@rondoyoungartist.org by Tuesday, June 1st. 2021.

All applicants should dress appropriately for an audition selection and be sure to state your name and repertoire.)

First Place Winners will perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Second and Third Place Winners will perform at Victor Borge Recital Hall at Scandinavia House. Concerts maybe added.

All competition participants will receive the jury's comments together with their results via email by (the week of) June 21st, 2021.

(International applicants are welcome.)


Category 1: Age group between 5 to 7 years old | Time not to exceed 5 minutes

Category 2: Age group between 8 to 10 years old | Time not to exceed 5 minutes

Category 3: Age group between 11 to 14 years old | Time not to exceed 7 minutes

Category 4: Age group between 15 to 18 years old | Time not to exceed 10 minutes

Additional Information

More then 1 piece may be performed for auditions, as long as not exceeding the given time limit.

If chosen as a winner, one or two pieces will be selected by the jury for the performance.

One sonata movement will be considered one piece. Contestants may choose their opening selection.

Please exclude the method books - Faber, Bastien and Thompson, when choosing repertoire for the auditions. Compilation books such as Agay, Suzuki Piano School, Lanning, Bacich, Eckstein, Etling, Applebaum, and of the like are accepted. Small classical pieces are welcome. If you have questions regarding appropriate repertoire, please contact RONDO.

Applicants must turn the required age in the 2021 calendar year (January 1st, 2021- December 31st, 2021).

Competitors will be judged within their appropriate age categories and division only within Rondo Young Artist Festival.

The repertoire has to remain the same for the winners concerts as the audition process if chosen as a winner.

If your audition piece exceeds the given time limit, it may be acceptable on a case-by-case basis. Please notify RONDO ahead of time in this event.

Virtual Auditions - Please adhere to acceptable concert standards, good microphone, and dress code (recordings cannot be enhanced or edited.)

All Instrumentalists are encouraged to provide their own accompanist, RONDO can provide a LIST of accompanists on a need basis for 2021 youtube virtual auditions/live winner's concert in the fall of 2021.

Solo applicants must perform from memory, and with no repeats. Ensemble applicants may use sheet music at the audition, and performance if selected.

Special Pricing for Sibling Performance fee: Please reach out to RONDO at info@rondoyoungartist.org if you qualify.

1. Sibling Performance Fee (in the same concert): One Full, One Half Price (6 tickets to the concert will be included instead of the usual 4).

2. Sibling Performance Fee (in different concerts): Full Price.

  • Please note that RONDO will closely follow the CDC guidelines and how many audience members are allowed by Carnegie Hall.

  • Our participants and supporters safety is our top priority and guidelines will be announced on our website as they are made available.

All judges decisions are final. Judges are precluded from judging their own students.

Submission of application, fee, and audition does not guarantee that you will be chosen as a winner or a spot in the winners performance concerts.

The Rondo Scholarship Fund is granted to a special applicant who is chosen as a winner of RONDO and has difficulty paying the performance fees. The recipient is chosen by the judges based on their need/description as well as the performance at the RONDO auditions. Please submit a short paragraph of need to info@rondoyoungartist.org.

Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions at 1(347) 766-3608 or email us at info@rondoyoungartist.org