Concerto Competitions

NSO Betsy L. Kent Youth Concerto Competition


Application deadline Tuesday, October 10th; auditions held Saturday, November 4th.  Please see the flyer and application forms for dates and details.

A high school and college winner will be selected. Both will be awarded a $400 honorarium, and will perform with the Newark Symphony Orchestra in March or May of the following year*. 

A non-refundable fee of $40 must accompany each application.
When paying by check, make checks payable to: Newark Symphony Orchestra

2023 Concerto Flyer + Application


**Competition winners permit the Newark Symphony Orchestra to make photographs, audio recordings and video recordings of Symphony activities in which they participate for archives, publicity, sale or other purposes without additional notice, consent or compensation and disclaim any ownership or property interest in and any power to control any such services, photographs and recordings.  Sample contract available on request.

For assistance contact Tom Rocek,

October 2019, the Newark Symphony Orchestra Annual Youth Concerto Competition was dedicated to our dear friend and colleague, Betsy L. Kent.  Betsy filled numerous roles during her many years associated with the Newark Symphony Orchestra and the Newark Symphony Chorus. She was a reliable and smiling presence, happy to step in and help in any way needed. Betsy served on the Newark Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and was one of the original organizers of the Newark Symphony Chorus serving as Chorus Master, rehearsal accompanist, and membership chair. She conducted several Newark Symphony Chamber Concerts, as well. On the NSO Board, Betsy was a valued member of the NSO Program Committee. Her main passion, though, was Education & Outreach. In that capacity she was responsible for making our Youth Concerto Competition a regionally sought after prize.  We will miss you, dear friend.

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