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Youth Soloist Competition 
Alyssa Waswick, saxophone, 2019 KSO Youth Soloist

2019 Youth Soloist Competition Winner: Alyssa Waswick, Saxophone

Alyssa Waswick, a Plainwell High School senior, competed against other advanced student performers for the opportunity to take the stage as a soloist with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. She will perform Glazunov's “Concerto for Alto Saxophone and String Orchestra E-flat Major op. 109” during our annual Sounds of the Season holiday concert on Friday, December 13, 2019, at Chenery Auditorium.

2019-20 Youth Soloist Competition Information

The 2019-20 Youth Soloist Competition took place on Saturday, October 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kalamazoo College Light Fine Arts Center. Application and application fees were due by Friday, October 18, 2019. We will announce 2020-21 competition details in 2020. 


Additional Questions and Contact:
Rufus Ferguson - KSO Education Manager
RFerguson@kalamazoosymphony.com
(269) 349-7759, ext. 210

2019 Application & Informational Sheets

2019 Promotional Flyer


Scholarships for Private Lessons

Each year, three scholarships are provided to students with financial need through the support of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra League. One of the three scholarships is designated for a student with a physical disability. Once a student is designated as a scholarship recipient, the award is provided annually until the student graduates from high school or discontinues lessons. The application form will be posted when an opening is available. Area music teachers will be notified of the availability directly.

Private Lessons with KSO Artists in Residence at Crescendo Academy of Music

KSO and CAM partner to make professional orchestra musicians available as instructors for students in the community. Many KSO musicians, including KSO Artists in Residence, serve on the CAM faculty. Visit Crescendo's website or call (269) 345-6664 for availability and scheduling.

Student Performers Showcase

Area schools are invited to showcase their instrumental programs for KSO audiences. Small ensembles perform in the lobby as patrons arrive for a concert. Students receive complimentary tickets to attend the evening's concert. Contact us for available dates and to register.

Professional Training Programs for College Students

Master Classes and Artist Presentations

Selected KSO guest artists will offer master classes and workshops for students at WMU, K-College, and other area school and community music programs.

WMU Artist Scholars

KSO offers scholarships to outstanding WMU string students performing at a professional level. Students are recommended by WMU string faculty in consultation with KSO Music Director Raymond Harvey. Those students join the KSO violin and viola sections for the season.

Arts Administration Internships

Volunteer internships are an opportunity to explore and observe the inner workings of a nonprofit arts organization by assisting with projects in the Education, Development, Marketing/Public Relations and Operations departments. Contact the KSO Education Department for more information.