Rules and Regulations

Auditions are restricted to musicians graduating classes of 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019 residing in Nassau or Suffolk County, New York

Applicants must play one of the following instruments

  • Winds – Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, or Bassoon
  • Brass – Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, or Tuba
  • Strings – Violin, Viola, Cello, or Double Bass
  • Other – Harp, Piano, or Percussion


  • An application fee of $35 is required of all applicants. Checks should be made out to: “The Friends of NSSO”
  • Applications with fee included must be received by NSSO, c/o Friends of the North Shore Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 419, Greenvale, NY 11548-0419, no later than February 15, 2019.  Entrants will receive written confirmation of the receipt of their application
  • The applicant's current teacher must sign the application
  • The applicant's parent or guardian must sign the application
  • First round auditions will be by unedited video using a single position camera and live accompanist, commencing with a clear, spoken introduction giving the name of the performer and the repertoire about to be performed.
  • Video submissions are due no later than February 15, 2019. You may provide links to uploaded videos for streaming through a video sharing site (ie YouTube, Vimeo, etc) or send videos through a file sharing service (ie Dropbox, Hightail, GoogleDrive, etc)
  • Applicants are required to perform a concerto movement for solo instrument and orchestra in its entirety. Performing from memory is not required. All concertos must meet with the approval of NSSO’s Music Director and the Friends of NSSO. Email with repertoire eligibility questions.
  • Those chosen as finalists will be alerted by February 25, 2019 and will be required to perform their concerto selection in front of a jury on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Adelphi University. Considerations for a specific final audition time will be considered but not guaranteed. Please note that the final round is open to the public. Missed audition times cannot be rescheduled
  • Applicants must bring their own accompanist.
  • If selected as winner, the applicant agrees to perform the concerto movement with which they auditioned with NSSO in Concert on June 8th 2019.
  • All NSSO concerts, programs, and repertoire are subject to change. In the event NSSO has to postpone or alter the program of the June 2019 concert, NSSO will make every effort to reschedule the winner’s performance with NSSO.

The North Shore Symphony Orchestra reserves the right to review the credentials of all applicants and limit the number of contestants.


Past Young Artist Award Winners
1993 – Inaugural Year

Anton Polezhayev – Sarasate Carmen Concert Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 25

Xilun Chen, piano – Grieg Piano Concerto

Dan Bassin, trumpet – Haydn Trumpet Concerto

Adam Krauthamer, horn – Mozart Horn Concert No. 3
Dan Pellegrini, violin – Saint-Saens Violin Concert No. 3 in B minor 

1st Prize - Meena M. Bhasin, violin – Mendelssohn Concerto in E minor
2nd Prize – Nan Aomori, flute – Mozart Flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major

Shane Helfner, oboe (oboe d’amore) – J.S. Bach Concerto in A minor

Sho Omagari, violin – Vieuxtemps Concerto No. 4 in D minor, Op. 31

Lukas Bentel, cello – Lalo Cello Concerto

Elizabeth Oh, piano – Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor

Harrison Li, piano – Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor

Crystal Kim, cello – Elgar Cello Concerto (3rd movement)


​1st Prize -  Christian Verfenstein, piano - Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor
2nd Prize - Alexandra Woroniecka, violin - Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2