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



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




Elizabeth Boyson’s musical interests began while attending her older siblings’ weekly violin lessons. After observing many lessons, Elizabeth began her formal training studying first at the Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas with Ms. Andrea Venincasa. Not long afterward, Elizabeth began to study with the late Mr. Arkaday Foman. During this time, Elizabeth participated in the New Conservatory of Dallas and performed in the “2014 Next Generation Concert.” In the fall of 2014, Elizabeth began studying with nationally recognized and former concertmaster of the Dallas symphony orchestra, Mr. Jan Mark Sloman. While working with Mr. Sloman, Elizabeth was a top winner in the Dallas Symphonic Festival for three consecutive years, and she also performed with the Mu Phi Epsilon Concert Series. Last year, after moving from Dallas, Texas, to Washington D.C, Elizabeth was fortunate enough to continue her studies under the careful guidance of Mr. Herbert Greenberg, internationally acclaimed performer, former longtime concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and who currently serves as the faculty chair at the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute. Elizabeth currently participates with the Peabody Pre-Conservatory Violin Program and the Peabody Youth Orchestra. Elizabeth’s most recent competition took her to the international stage in the Ilona Feher International Violin Competition, in Budapest, Hungary. Elizabeth’s interests, outside of music, include her love of reading, traveling with her family, and touring museums and historical sites in Washington D.C. Elizabeth also volunteers her time and talents to the Tacy Foundation.

Performing: Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto E minor, Op. 64, 3rd movement

Miyabi Henriksen, 15, began her violin studies at age 4. She is in the 10th grade at Howard High School and is a member of the Pre-Conservatory Violin Program at the Peabody Institute. She studies with Herbert Greenberg, former concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She is also co-concertmaster of the Peabody Youth Orchestra. In 2018, Miyabi won the MTNA Eastern Division Junior Strings and competed in the MTNA National Finals. She won first prize of the Young Artist Award Competition in 2019, and the Young Musicians Inspiring Change Competition in 2017. Miyabi was invited to perform for the “Music in the Country Series” of the Washington Performing Arts Society. She has participated in masterclasses with Midori Gotō, Shirley Givens, Jonathan Carney, and the Escher Quartet. Miyabi attended the Meadowmount School of Music in 2018 and 2019 and studied with Sally Thomas and Ivan Ženatý. She had the opportunity to perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto and as first violin in two string quartets. In addition, she won the concerto competition at the Philadelphia International Music Festival in 2017. She has performed in venues such as Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall and Merlin Concert Hall of the Kaufman Music Center.

Performing: Dvorak, Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53, 1st Movement

Krystal Wu, 15, is a sophomore at Centennial High School and a member of the Howard County High School Gifted and Talented Symphony Orchestra. She began her clarinet lessons at the age of 11 and currently studies privately with Dr. Albert Hunt. In the past three years, Krystal has been the recipient of many awards including the national finalist of “The President’s Own” Marine Band 2019 High School Concerto Competition, the Columbia Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition, which awarded her solo debut performance with the orchestra in May of 2019.  She also won awards in the Maryland Music Teacher Association Performance Competition, Young Artist Award Competitions sponsored by the City of Gaithersburg and Kentlands Community Foundation, Asian American Music Society International Competitions, Washington National Youth Music Competition sponsored by the Young Musicians Inspiring Change, and NVMTA Achievement Awards Competitions. Kristal has been selected to participate in the Howard County Middle School Gifted and Talented Band, Howard County High School Gifted and Talented Symphony Orchestra, Maryland All-state Junior Band, Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra, and New Life Foundation Orchestra. When not playing the clarinet, Krystal enjoys playing piano, volleyball, drawing, reading, running, and actively volunteering in hospitals and assisted living facilities.

Performing: Weber, Concertino, Op. 26 


Check out previous winners here.