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Tri-County Concerts Association Annual Youth Festival

A very important part of Tri-County's program is its Annual Youth Festival, established in 1943. Tri-County Concerts Association organizes one of the area's most prestigious competitions for aspiring young musicians living in Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Audition Information

Auditions are open to high-school and middle-school students in a wide variety of instruments, including piano, strings, winds, voice, and ensembles, as well as harp, classical guitar, and percussion. The festival offers talented students an opportunity to audition before and receive critiques from professional judges. Those students deemed outstanding by the judges are given monetary awards; their photos and accomplishments are featured on the Tri-County web site; and they perform before a discriminating audience at the annual winners' recital.

Students must be pre-registered by their teachers by February 18, 2019 before they can register to audition. Auditions are limited to those students who complete registration by March 25, 2019.


Check back here on January 15, 2019, for complete information on the 77th Annual Tri-County Concerts Youth Festival.

Both teacher pre-registration and student registration are now done online.



Pre-Registration by Teachers

Tuesday, January 15, 2019   -   Teachers' Pre-Registration Start

Students must be pre-registered by their teachers by February 18, 2019 before they can register to audition.

Monday, February 18, 2019   -   Teachers' Pre-Registration Deadline

Registration by Students

Monday, February 25, 2019   -   Students' Registration Start

Students must be pre-registered by their teachers by February 18, 2019 before they can register to audition. Auditions are limited to those students who complete registration by March 25, 2019.

Monday, March 25, 2019   -   Students' Registration Deadline

2019 Auditions

Auditions are limited to those students who complete registration by March 25, 2019.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Held in the Swope Music Building on the campus of West Chester University in West Chester, PA (817 S. High Street, West Chester, PA 19383).

Ensembles, AM; Junior Piano, PM; All other instruments, divisions, and categories, AM and PM


Winners' Recital

Sunday, June 9, 2019,  3:00 PM

Winners' recital at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, PA


2019 Pre-Registration Materials


For further information, please contact the Youth Festival Directors at tricountyyouthfestival@gmail.com.

Wendy Schmid and Hanna Shapira, Co-Directors, Tri-County Concerts Youth Festival