The Londontowne Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition

Applicants will audition for a solo performance opportunity with the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra. Winners will be featured on the 2019-2020 season, LSO “Rising Stars” Concert. Each winner will also receive a $250 cash prize.

Audition Date:  Auditions will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at Riva Trace Baptist Church (475 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD).

Performance date: Saturday, March 7th, 2020 at 7:30 pm, St. Johns College, Key Auditorium. Performance rehearsals will be on Wednesday, March 4 and Friday, March 6 from 7-9:45pm at Woods Memorial Church in Severna Park.

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

Application Deadline: October 28, 2019

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.

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

Applications may be submitted by mail or electronically.  Applications are due by October 28, 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.






Application Fee

All applications require a non-refundable $50 entry fee.  Entry fees may be paid via the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra’s website or by mailing a check made out to the LSO.


Mailing Address: PO Box 926, Edgewater, MD 21037

Application Confirmation

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


Joseph Mostwin is a fifteen year old 9th grader who lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where he studies cello with Daniel Levitov at the Peabody Preparatory. Joseph has been a member of the Peabody Preparatory Performance Academy for Strings for the past four years, and has participated in the Performance Academy for Strings Festival Orchestra under the direction of Jonathan Carney, Edward Polochick and Violaine Melancon. For the past three years, he has been a member of the Peabody Youth Orchestra, led by conductor Ankush Bahl. Joseph was awarded first prize in the Intermediate Division of the MSMTA Bach Competition in April, 2017, was an award winner in the Peabody Preparatory Concerto Competition in January, 2018, won second prize in the Washington National Youth Competition in May, 2018, and was a first prize winner in the Peabody Preparatory Honors Competition in April, 2018. He also studies with Alan Stepansky at the Peabody Conservatory, and Hans Jørgen Jensen at the Meadowmount School of Music in Westport, New York.


Amy Germer,16, is a senior in the Poolesville High School magnet program. She has studied for three years with Natasha Dukan, after studying with Amy Yang for several years previously. In the past, she has achieved first place in the MSMTA Spring Solo competition, as well as First Class Honors in the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program. Last year, she won the MSMTA Gertrude S. Brown Concerto Competition. Outside of piano, she is an active member of her debate team, National Honor Society, and scouting unit.




Vivian Yuan is a current 12th grader in the International Baccalaureate program at Richard Montgomery High school. She has been studying under Susan Brandt for 7 years and is currently in the Philharmonic Orchestra of Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras. Recently, Vivian was principal first flute in the Young Artists of America orchestra. She also played assistant principal first flute in the All State Senior Band in 2017, and was selected to participate in the All County Band from 2014-2017. Vivian was also chosen to participate in the Interlochen High School Flute Institute. She has received awards at the Young Musicians Inspiring Change Competition, The Flute Society of Washington’s Student Honors Competition, the Maryland State Music Teachers Association Competition, and the Ross-Roberts Student Competition, and she has received first place in the Young Artists of Gaithersburg competition, as well as the Woodbridge Flute Concerto Scholarship Competition. Vivian has also participated in her school’s pit orchestra for the past 4 years.

Check out previous winners here.