MSO Emerging Artist Competition

Saturday, January 13, 2024
Biedenharn Recital Hall
The University of Louisiana at Monroe
Monroe, Louisiana 71209

The Emerging Artists Competition is an annual event established by the Monroe Symphony League and the Monroe Symphony Orchestra to promote and encourage excellence in musical performance.


Youth: ages 12 through High School graduation
Young Adult: college freshmen through age 25


1. Piano
2. Winds, Brass, Percussion
3. Strings
4. Vocal

In the preliminary round, a winner from each performance category will/may be chosen in each of the age divisions.  Each preliminary round winner will be awarded a cash prize of $100.00.  All preliminary winners will then compete in a final round that takes place in the form of a recital at 7:00 p.m. that same evening.  After the final round, the judges will rank the performers. The first-place winner will receive $1200; the second place, $600; the third place, $300.


  1. Applications must be submitted via the online form and a non-refundable application fee paid through PayPal. The final deadline is midnight of Sunday, December 17, 2023. There is a discount price for meeting the earlier deadline of November 12, 2023.

    Applications fees are:
    $35 for applications submitted by November13, 2023.
    $45 for applications submitted by December 17, 2023.

    The online form will direct you to PayPal when you click the “submit button.” Application fees must be received for the application to be considered complete.
  1. Entrants must be residents of the Louisiana, Mississippi, or Arkansas, or be enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary institution in one of those states at the time of the competition.
  2. Instrumentalists will be required to perform the first or last movement of a standard concerto or concert piece for which orchestral accompaniment is available. Vocalists will perform two (2) concert/operatic arias in the original key for which orchestral accompaniments are available.
  3. All compositions must be in their original form. No transcriptions will be accepted. Each contestant will perform the solo part of his/her selection in its entirety; however, orchestral interludes may be abbreviated at the performer’s discretion. Only live accompaniments are permitted. The entrant must provide an original score or solo part for the judges when they check-in – no photocopies will be allowed.
  4. Entrants must perform from memory.
  5. The decision of the judges will be final. If performances do not meet the judges’ standards, no winner will be selected. There will be no ties.
  6. The Monroe Symphony League will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by entrants.


  1. Entrants will be notified by email of their audition time prior to January 3, 2024.
  2. Names of preliminary round winners will be announced following the completion of each Division’s Preliminary Round. Final winners will be announced following the evening Final Round Recital. The first-place winner may be invited to perform the following season with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra at the symphony’s discretion.
  3. Each entrant will make provisions for his/her own accompanist. For assistance in obtaining an accompanist in the Monroe area, please contact Dr. Richard Seiler ([email protected]) or auditions coordinator, Dr. Mel Mobley ([email protected]) as soon as possible. No guarantee will be made for last minute requests.
  4. Competition check-in is required at least 15 minutes prior to the contestant’s assigned audition time. No contestant will be allowed to check in without an original part or score for the judges.
  5. The Monroe Symphony League audition committee reserves the right to review and approve or disqualify applicants on the basis of their qualifications.

Made possible through the interest and generosity of:
Monroe Symphony League
Monroe Symphony Orchestra
ULM School of Visual and Performing Arts