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 2018-2019 season, LSO “Rising Stars” Concert. Each winner will also receive a $250 cash prize.

Audition Date:  Auditions will be held on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Riva Trace Baptist Church (475 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD).

Performance date: Saturday, March 9th, 2019, 7:30 pm, St. Johns College, Key Auditorium

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

Application Deadline:   October 15, 2018

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.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Electronic App (1)

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

Please mail checks and paper applications to: Londontowne Symphony Orchestra, PO Box 926, Edgewater, MD 21037.

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


Lydia Doughty has been playing French Horn for nearly five years and has taken private lessons for more than four years. She is a two-time recipient of the Anne Arundel County Music Camp’s Bill Blanchard award, and was also awarded the Bates Middle School Performing and Visual Arts Band “achievement of excellence”. She has been in Anne Arundel All-county Band for four years and has been principle chair for two years. She performed in the Anne Arundel All-County orchestra and All-State Junior Band in the 2016-2017 school year. She is a long-time participant in the Anne Arundel County Public School summer music camp and has been principle chair for four of her five years there. She has participated in the County and State solo and ensemble festivals for four years and has received superiors at State for solos for three years. She played in the pit orchestra for Arundel Senior High’s production of “Les Miserables” in Spring 2017.


Cellist Sean Kim made his orchestral debut as soloist at the age of thirteen with the Maryland Columbia Orchestra. He won first place in many prestigious competitions such as the International Concerto Competition at the American Fine Arts Festival in New York City, American Protégé International Concerto Competition, Columbia Orchestra Young Artist Competition, Maryland State Music Teachers Association Violin Competition, and State Alternate winner of the Music Teacher National Association Competition, among others.  Most recently in 2017, Sean was selected as a finalist winning 3rd place in the Frederick Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, won 2nd place in the Young Musicians Inspiring Change Competition, and was selected to participate in the Maryland Junior All State Orchestra Recipient of the Achievement Award in Cello from the Dean of the Peabody Preparatory, has been featured in several recitals, including the prestigious Signature Recital, String Department Special Recital, Young People’s String Program Halloween Concert with the Cello Choir, and the Festival String Orchestra at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. Additionally, he performed at the Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York.  Sean has been playing the cello since the age of five at the Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University. He was a member of the Peabody Premiere Youth Orchestra, a member of the Cello Choir in the Performance Academy for Strings, and the cellist of a chamber quartet at the Preparatory. He also served as principal cellist for the Burleigh Manor Middle School String Ensemble where he performed as soloist with the chamber orchestra, and is also a member of the Howard County High School Gifted and Talent Orchestra Currently, his major teacher is Ms. Alicia Ward.


Cellist Luka Stefanovic is a senior at the Baltimore School for the Arts and studies, as he has been since the age of four, with Dr. Daniel Levitov through the Peabody Preparatory. He joined the Peabody Youth Orchestra in 2013 and was named Principal Cello in the fall of 2016. As a student at the Baltimore School for the Arts, he frequently performs as principal cello with its various ensembles.  An avid chamber musician, Mr. Stefanovic regularly plays and performs in a piano trio and a string quartet. His piano trio, The Bovino Piano Trio, was the 2015/2016 winner of The Reinecke Youth Chamber Music Competition and Fellowship Program. As  part of the Aire String Quartet in 2016, Stefanovic was invited to perform in the quarterfinals of the junior division of the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. In April of 2017 and by special invitation, Mr. Stefanovic performed Mendelssohn’s Octet alongside the distinguished Lark Quartet. Mr. Stefanovic frequently performs solo repertoire on recitals through the Peabody Preparatory and the Baltimore School for the Arts, as well as at various other events and venues. He has won numerous opportunities to play on Honors Recitals and Silver Recitals at the Preparatory, was requested to play as the featured soloist on the Prep’s 2010 Awards Ceremony, and was the winner of its String Ensembles concerto competition in 2010. In 2016, Stefanovic was invited by the Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra to play Dvorak’s cello concerto with them in rehearsal as a guest soloist, and was asked to do the same in 2017 with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. In his spare time, Stefanovic enjoys arranging music, skiing, hiking, reading, biking, and studying music theory and history.


Check out previous winners here.