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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.

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.




Pre-Registration by Teachers

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

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 now done online. →    Online Pre-Registration

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

The pre-registration deadline is February 18th. 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 March 25, 2019.

Registration by Students

Monday, February 25, 2019   -   Students' Registration Start

Students can register starting February 25th. Registration is limited to students who were pre-registered by their teachers by the February 18th deadline.

On the registration form, the student specifies the audition piece he or she will be performing. Please be sure to review the 2019 Youth Festival Guidelines before you register.

Student registration and payment are now done online. Check back here during the Student Registration period starting February 25th.

Monday, March 25, 2019   -   Students' Registration Deadline

The last day for students to register, including payment of the registration fee, is March 25th.

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