Tri-County Concerts Association Annual Youth Festival

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

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 a musica diversa category that includes harp, classical guitar, and percussion.

The Youth Festival offers talented students an opportunity to receive critiques from professional judges. Each year 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 at a live winners' recital.

This season, because of COVID, Tri-County Concerts held a virtual Youth Festival dedicated to Joy Miller Kiszely, a long-time Director of the Youth Festival and Tri-County Board member who recently passed away. The 2021 Winners’ Recital has been compiled from our winners’ audition videos.

The recital can be viewed at no charge after free registration, but a donation is requested.

78th ANNUAL YOUTH FESTIVAL - 2021 Winners' Recital

In memory of Joy Miller Kiszely

Program Book PDF


Thanks to the Distinguished Judges of the 2021 Auditions

Click here for the Program Book PDF containing profiles of the 2021 judges

EnsemblesKatie Kadarauch and Rebecca Merblum
Musica DiversaCheryl Cunningham and Anne Sullivan
Senior PianoRieko Aizawa and Spencer Myer
Junior PianoRenana Gutman and Konstantin Soukhovetski
Senior StringsRebecca Merblum and Sami Merdinian
Junior StringsJulie Albers and Katie Kadarauch
VoiceJulia Mintzer and Brenda Patterson
WindsDavid Buck and Josh Kovach

For further information, please contact the Youth Festival Directors at

Wendy Schmid and Eleanor James, Co-Directors, Tri-County Concerts Youth Festival

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