The Londontowne Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition

Applicants will audition for a solo performance opportunity with the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra. Three winners will be featured at the LSO’s Rising Stars concert on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28, 2018. Each winner will also receive a $250 cash prize.

Date:  Auditions will be held on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Riva Trace Baptist Church (475 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD).

Eligibility Requirements:   Must be a Maryland resident; grades 9-12; not over the age of 19 as of the competition date.

Application Deadline:   October 2, 2017

Application Fee:  $50

Repertoire Requirements:  All works must be in the standard repertoire for solo instrument and orchestra.  Concertos are limited to a single movement.  All proposed selections are subject to approval by the LSO Music Director.  Applicants must provide their own accompanist.  One original copy of the music must be provided for the judge’s panel.  It is recommended that pieces be performed from memory.

The following works programmed in recent or current seasons are not permitted.

  • Piano:  Gershwin – Beethoven – Concerto No. 3; Rachmaninoff – Concerto No. 2
  • Violin: Prokofieff – Concerto No.1; Mendelssohn – Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso; Saint-Saens – Concerto No. 3; Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen
  • Oboe: Mozart – Concerto in C

Judges Panel:  A panel of four judges, including the LSO Music Director, Anna Binneweg , will choose the winners from three categories:

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

The panel reserves the right to not select a winner from each category.

Application Information

May be submitted by mail or electronically.  Late applications will not be accepted.

All applications require a non-refundable $50 entry fee.  Please enclose a check payable to LSO, or pay electronically on the LSO website:

Applicants will be notified of the receipt of their application packet, audition time and location by email.  If you have questions or need more information, please contact Dr. Bill Bloomquist, competition director at 443-623-8699 or


 Last Year’s Winners


Sarah HeadshotSarah Kim, violin

Violinist Sarah Kim has maintained a rigorous performing schedule while garnering first prizes in prestigious string competitions. She has performed as a soloist with the National Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Piotr Gajewski for three consecutive years at the Strathmore Music Center Hall in Bethesda, after winning the annual Concerto Competition in 2013, 2014, 2015. Sarah also won first place in the International Concerto Competition at the American Fine Arts Festival in New York City, American Protege International Concerto Competition, Columbia Orchestra Young Artist Competition, Potter’s Violin String Competition, Maryland State Music Teachers Association Violin Competition, State Alternate winner of the Music Teacher National Association Competition, and Peabody Concerto Competition, among others.

Sarah made her orchestral debut as soloist at the age of twelve with the Columbia Orchestra (Maryland), and has made appearances at the Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium in Washington DC, Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte of Argentina, Colegio Ward of Buenos Aires, The Walter’s Art Museum in Baltimore, Northwestern University of Chicago, and Bryant Park of New York, and Duke University.

She has also participated in numerous masterclasses with world-renowned professors Victor Danchenko, Donald Weilerstein, Martin Beaver, Cyrus Forough, James Buswell, Richard Wernick, Airi Yoshioka, Borromeo Quartet, Ciompi Quartet, and Midori Goto.

Previous concertmaster with the Young Artist Orchestra and recipient of the Peabody Preparatory Dean’s Recognition Achievement Award in violin and piano, Sarah has been playing the violin since the age of five at the Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University. Currently, she is a member of the Pre-Conservatory Violin Program at the Peabody Preparatory, and is the Concertmaster of the Peabody Premiere Youth Orchestra. Her major teachers are Dr. Christian Tremblay and Ms. Rebecca Henry.”

Performing: Saint-Saens, Violin Concerto No. 3, Op. 61, First Movement

Abigail Headshot

Abigail Michaels, oboe

Abigail Michaels has been playing the oboe for six years, and has been studying with Dr. Kerry Willingham for nearly four years. She is a sophomore at Archbishop Spalding High School where she is currently on their music scholarship and performs with their Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Bill Sturgis. In middle school, she was inducted into St. Paul’s Lutheran School’s first Tri-M chapter. Abigail has been principal oboist with the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO) for three years. CYSO has given her many opportunities, such as performing in Montreal in 2015 and in Ireland this past summer. While in Ireland, Abigail also received the chance to play for the masterclass at the Royal Academy of Music in Dublin. She has performed with Towson University, Montclair University, and Morgan State University under the direction of Maestro Julien Benichou and has performed with the Anne Arundel Community College under the direction of Dr. Anna Binneweg. For the past four years, Abigail has participated in both county and state solo and ensemble competitions, receiving a superior (I) ratings at each event.  Last year, Abigail was principal oboe in the Maryland Jr. All-State Band.

Performing: W.A. Mozart, Concerto for Oboe in C Major, 1st Movement

Teddi HeadshotTeddi Yoo, violin

Teddi Yoo, 15, is a sophomore at Winston Churchill High School in  Potomac MD. She  studies violin with Lya Stern.

Teddi is co-concertmaster of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras  Philharmonic, the top student orchestra in MD, concert master of the Young American Artists  Orchestra, the Churchill High School Advanced Orchestra, and has been  assistant concertmaster of the MD All State Orchestra.

Teddi has won first prize several times and in different age groups of the  ASTA/MTNA Solo Festival for Strings and the Rockville Competition at both the Intermediate and Senior Levels. She was awarded 2nd place and a scholarship in the prestigious Washington Performing Arts Feder Competition, performed on Classical Open Stage for Montgomery County TV, was a solo performer on  the National Chamber Ensemble subscription series and  as a winner of the American Protégé Competition, she performed  at Carnegie Hall. She participated in masterclasses with  Chee-Yun Kim, Roy Sonne and Holly Hamilton. Besides the violin, Teddi is also an award winning pianist.

Teddi is passionate about music and sharing her love for music. As a member of the New Life Foundation Orchestra, she traveled to Thailand, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Mexico to bring music to new audiences and underprivileged children.

Performing: Zigeunerweisen, Gypsy Airs, Op. 20

Check out previous winners here.