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.
In memory of Joy Miller Kiszely
|Ensembles||Katie Kadarauch and Rebecca Merblum|
|Musica Diversa||Cheryl Cunningham and Anne Sullivan|
|Senior Piano||Rieko Aizawa and Spencer Myer|
|Junior Piano||Renana Gutman and Konstantin Soukhovetski|
|Senior Strings||Rebecca Merblum and Sami Merdinian|
|Junior Strings||Julie Albers and Katie Kadarauch|
|Voice||Julia Mintzer and Brenda Patterson|
|Winds||David Buck and Josh Kovach|
For further information, please contact the Youth Festival Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wendy Schmid and Eleanor James, Co-Directors, Tri-County Concerts Youth Festival