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.

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. In 2021 for the 79th Youth Festival, instead of live auditions, students will audition by submitting a video via the audition platform Acceptd. Read the 2021 Guidelines for detailed information.

The festival offers talented students an opportunity to 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 the 2021 winners' audition videos will be featured in a virtual winners' recital.

Pre-Registration by Teachers

Wednesday, January 13, 2021   -   Teachers' Pre-Registration Start

Wednesday, February 24, 2021   -   Teachers' Pre-Registration Deadline

Registration by Students

Monday, March 1, 2021   -   Students' Registration Start

Friday, March 26, 2021   -   Students' Registration Deadline

Check here if you have registered but not yet made payment.

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2021 Auditions

Auditions are limited to those students who complete registration by March 26, 2021.

Videos can be submitted from Monday, April 5 until Friday, April 30, 2021.

Registered students will be notified about how to submit their videos.

Read 2021 Video Submission Guidelines (PDF file)

Winners' Recital

The 2021 winners' audition videos will be featured in a virtual winners' recital.

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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