To foster musical talent in our community and give young musicians the valuable opportunity to perform as a soloist with an orchestra, the Hampton Roads Philharmonic is opening a portion of its season to feature a young soloist. Decided by an adjudicated competition, the winner will perform with the Hampton Roads Philharmonic as a featured soloist in its annual Young Artist Competition Showcase performance in March. This competition is open to instrumentalists up to age 21.

Adjudication Forms

If you would like a copy of your adjudication forms, please contact the orchestra at or respond to the competition email. We hope that these comments will serve as valuable feedback to each competitor.

Previous Winners

Grand Prize Winner – Brendan Elliott
Runner Up – Sterling Elliott
Honorable Mention – Andrew Leobolt
Encouragement Award – Ava Shedd

Grand Prize Winners – Kendall and Kearston Gonzales
Runner Up – Mary High
Honorable Mention – Maggie Jordan

Grand Prize – Ava Shedd, violinist

Second Place – Maggie Jordan, violinist

Honorable Mentions:
Mary High, flutist
Eden Crumbly, violinist
Kaylah Walker, violinist

Grand Prize – Elza Willett, Sibelius Violin Concerto

Second Place – Kendall Gonzales, Saint-Saens Cello Concerto

Third Place – Maggie Jordan, Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3

Honorable Mentions – Kaylah Walker, Czardas, Monti