2023 Concerto Competition – Collegiate Level

The Collegiate Concerto Competition, sponsored by the Butler County Symphony Association, will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2023, at Swope Music Hall, Slippery Rock University. Musicians will audition for a panel of judges, and one will be chosen to perform as a soloist with the Butler County Symphony Orchestra.

Competition Timeline
-Application deadline: Friday, December 30, 2022
-Finalists notified via e-mail: Friday, January 13, 2023
-Audition date/time/location: Sunday, January 22, 2023, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM, Swope Music Hall, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA
-Winner Announced: Sunday, January 22, 2023, at the conclusion of the competition
-Perform with the Butler County Symphony Orchestra: Saturday, March 4, 2023, @ 7:30 PM
-The winner will receive a $400 prize at the conclusion of the performance on Saturday, March 4, 2023.

If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the Concerto Competition Coordinator, Heather Helsel, at education@butlersymphony.org.



Emma Kim – 2022 Young Artists Competition Winner

Our 2022 Young Artists Competition winner was Emma Kim, a pianist. Please enjoy the audio from when she played the 1st movement of Prokofiev’s Piano concerto No. 3, Op. 26 in C Major during our March 5, 2022, at 7:30 pm concert.

Emma is 17, has played piano since age 5, and has studied with Dr. Marina Lupinacci since age 9. She is currently a senior at North Hills High School. Emma has been a Steinway Society Young Artist for the past eight years, was selected as Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artist, was awarded Penn State Marian García Competition second prize, and is this year’s PYSO Concerto Competition winner, amongst others. She plays piano for the North Hills Jazz Band and is also captain of the NH Girls Varsity Tennis Team.


Kalista Heidkamp – 2021 Overall Winner (SRU)

Kyle Chastulik – 2021 Vocal Winner (IUP)