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MUSIC EDUCATION OFFERINGS FOR STUDENTS

Providing opportunities for students in our community to learn about classical music is an important part of the Utah Symphony’s mission. We offer a variety of opportunities for individual students and classes to experience the Utah Symphony.

Salute to Youth Side-by-Side ConcertPERFORMANCE CLASSESHIGH SCHOOL MUSIC CLUBSOther Resources


SALUTE TO YOUTH

Entering its 64th year the Salute to Youth concerto concert is a long-standing Utah Symphony tradition in which Utah’s young musicians in piano, strings, winds, brass, percussion, harp, voice, and small ensemble compete for the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Utah Symphony. This concerto competition is committed to supporting, fostering, and recognizing extraordinary young musicians in the state of Utah. Auditions are adjudicated by the Utah Symphony’s distinguished panel who look for exceptional technique and musicality. The final competition takes place in September with preliminary auditions in July. Up to two winners from each age division will solo with the Utah Symphony on Wednesday, November 27, 2024. Please carefully read the eligibility and other rules as they have changed.

APPLICANT DIVISIONS

PIANO

STRINGS

WINDS

BRASS

PERCUSSION

HARP

VOICE

Elementary Division

Age 8-12

Age 8-12

N/A

N/A

N/A

Age 8-12

N/A

Junior Division

Age 13-15

Age 13-15

Age 13-17

Age 13-17

Age 13-17

Age 13-15

Age 16-18

Senior Division

Age 16-19

Age 16-19

Age 18-21

Age 18-21

Age 18-21

Age 16-19

Age 19-23

ENSEMBLE: Age division in the ensemble category is based off of the oldest persons age in accordance to their instrument. For example, if your ensemble consists of a junior string player and a senior wind player you will be auditioning as senior division.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Now-June 5, 2024 – Repertoire requests sent to Dr. Wiley at [email protected]
  • July 1, 2024 – Applications and Fees are completed and paid; need-based scholarships available
  • July 14, 2024 – Submit your preliminary audition recordings
  • August 16, 2024 – Results of preliminary auditions emailed
  • September 23, 2024 – Final audition round
  • TBA – Photo shoot, interview, and score reading session
  • November 27, 2024 – Salute to Youth Concert with Utah Symphony

Please carefully read the rules and repertoire as they have changed.

Be sure to whitelist [email protected] and check your “spam” or “junk mail” folders periodically for any emails regarding the application process for Salute to Youth.


SIDE-BY-SIDE CONCERT

Each year Utah Symphony invites students to audition to play in a concert “side by side” with Utah Symphony musicians. This unique experience gives students valuable mentorship from world-class musicians as well as the opportunity to perform on stage of Abravanel Hall. The 2024 Side-by-Side Concert will be on May 21.

Applications for the 2024 Side-by-Side are now closed. Please check back again next year, or email [email protected] for more information and updates regarding Side-by-Side.

The 2024 Side-by-Side Rules and Regulations, as well as Audition Excerpts can be found below:


PERFORMANCE CLASSES

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera hosts performance classes with our musicians as well as visiting guest artists. The public is welcome to observe these classes. Classes are held at the Utah Opera Production Studios located at 336 N 400 W, SLC, UT, 84103.

Upcoming Performance Classes:

Violin Performance Class with Madeline Adkins, Concertmaster of Utah Symphony
Saturday, January 27 | 2 PM | Utah Opera Production Studios (336 N 400 W)


HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC CLUBS

Enjoy great performances at a special low price by organizing a music club in collaboration with Utah Symphony | Utah Opera! There are TWO types of High School Club packages available, so gather your friends and classmates to explore the symphony and opera performances you’d like to attend.

CHOOSE YOUR PACKAGE:

Symphony Club: attend five (5) US|UO performances

  • Select four (4) Utah Symphony concerts and one (1) Opera-Tunities dress rehearsal.
  • Public and Charter Schools: $20 per student ($5/symphony; opera is FREE)
  • Private and Home Schools: $25 per student ($5/symphony; $5/opera)

Opera Club: attend all four (4) final “Opera-tunity” dress rehearsals

  • Public and Charter Schools: all student tickets are FREE
  • Private and Home Schools: $20 per student ($5/opera)

Teachers and non-teacher adults are invited to accompany students as chaperones ($5/Opera, $20/Symphony), but students may order tickets and attend on their own. SIGN UP today to register your music club and secure your seats!

Special Offer: Consider scheduling a tour of one of our buildings, or inviting a musician or staff member to speak to your group. Additional interests can be selected on STEP 5 of the online ticket request form.

SIGN UP HERE


OTHER RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS