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2023 Annual Youth Festival

A very important part of Tri-County Concerts' 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 audition before and 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.

Both teacher pre-registration and student registration are done online. Students must be pre-registered by their teachers by February 28, 2023 before they can register to audition. Auditions are limited to those students who complete registration by April 6, 2023.


Pre-Registration by Teachers

Wednesday, February 1, 2023   -   Teachers' Pre-Registration Starts

On the online pre-registration form, the teacher lists the names and addresses of students approved to audition. Tri-County does not require a repertoire decision at this time — only the names and addresses of the students.

Teacher pre-registration is done online.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023   -   Teachers' Pre-Registration Deadline

The pre-registration deadline is February 28th. Students pre-registered by their teachers are then allowed to register online for an audition. Auditions are limited to those students who complete registration by April 6, 2023.

Registration by Students

Monday, March 13, 2023   -   Students' Registration Starts

Students can register starting March 13th. Registration is limited to students who were pre-registered by their teachers by the February 28th deadline.

On the registration form, the student specifies the audition piece he or she will be performing. Please be sure to review the 2023 Youth Festival Guidelines before you register.

Student registration and payment are done online. Check back here during the Student Registration period starting March 13th.

Thursday, April 6, 2023   -   Students' Registration Deadline

The last day for students to register, including payment of the registration fee, is April 6th.

2023 Auditions

Auditions are limited to those students who complete registration by April 6, 2023.

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Held at Swope Music Building, West Chester University in West Chester, PA (S. Walnut Street).

Morning -  Jr. and Sr. Ensembles, Musica Diversa

Afternoon -  Jr. Piano

All day -  Sr. Piano; Jr. and Sr. Strings, Voice, Winds, and Brass


Winners' Recital

Saturday, June 3, 2023,  7:00 PM

Winners' recital in the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre at Swope Music Building, West Chester University in West Chester, PA 19383


2022 Winners

2021 Winners

2019 Winners

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2017 Winners

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2015 Winners

2014 Winners

2013 Winners

2012 Winners

2011 Winners

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2009 Winners

2008 Winners

2007 Winners

2006 Winners

2005 Winners

2004 Winners

Distinguished Past Winners

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

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

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