Young Artist Competition

Young Artist Competition

While details can vary year-to-year, the BBC Education Outreach provides the Young Artist Competition as an opportunity for youth musicians in Central Ohio to gain experience and vie for a performance opportunity with the Brass Band of Columbus.

Once we announce the competition dates and deadlines, it is important that the application and fee be postmarked as defined.  Applicants will be contacted and assigned a performance time.  The format is normally similar to that of a recital or OMEA Solo competition.

Literature requirements will be defined in writing each year, but typically, students are expected to perform a Class A Solo from the OMEA Required List so that the student can focus on that one piece. Student musicians are responsible to secure their own piano accompanist, as needed.

Dateline May 27, 2016

The Educational Outreach Committee for the Brass Band of Columbus is pleased to announce that the Annual Young Artist Competition (YAC) will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. The Competition will be held at Capital University beginning at 1:00 pm.

Our competition adjudicators will be Lisa Galvin, Dr. Daniel King, and Dr. Jeffrey Keller, all successful music educators, and charter members of the Brass Band of Columbus. They will evaluate the performers on tone and intonation, technical merit and musicality and interpretation. Cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100 will be awarded to the top three contestants. The winner will also be invited to perform with the BBC at an upcoming concert.

At the conclusion of the competition, the Brass Band of Columbus will present a free concert at Trinity Lutheran Seminary at 7:00 pm where the competition winners will be announced.

Anthony Zilincik
Brass Band of Columbus
Educational Outreach Committee
tzilinci @

Ian Crouse, graduate of Dublin Scioto High School and winner of the Brass Band of Columbus’ 2015 Young Artist Competition, performs Eduardo Boccalari’s Fantasia di Concerto with the band during its annual “Tuesdays at Trinity” concert. Recorded June 21, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Bexley, OH.

Fantasia di Concerto

Ian Crouse, Soloist and Winner of 2015 BBC Young Artist Competition in performance with BBC.

The Results

Third Place and $100
Sarah Zonders

Second Place and $250
Dan Stevens

First Place and $500
Grant Jameson


Austin O’Connor, trumpet
Rustiques by Eugene Bozza

Danny Wajnryb, tuba
Sonata by Hindemith

Megan McMaster, tuba
Suite for Tuba by Don Haddad

Grant Jameson, euphonium
Euphonium Concerto by Joseph Horovitz

Dan Stevens, trombone
Concerto for Trombone, Mvts. II, I by Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov

Nick Aho, euphonium
Morceau Symphonique by Alexandre Guilmante

Sarah Zonders, horn
Concerto for Horn, Op. 8 by Franz Strauss


Pre-Competition Information

Dateline January 17, 2011

The Educational Outreach Committee for the Brass Band of Columbus is pleased to announce that the Fourth Annual Young Artist Competition (YAC) will be held on Sunday, February 27, 2011. The Competition will be held at Northwest Christian Church (1340 Fishinger Rd. Columbus, OH) beginning at 2:00 pm.

We are excited to announce that Mr. James Curnow, renown composer, and conductor, will be an adjudicator at the Competition. Further, the BBC will perform a one-hour concert following the competition and all competitors will join the BBC for the last number under the baton of Mr. Curnow as our Guest Conductor.


The Brass Band of Columbus is a non profit organization and all members (including directors) are unpaid volunteers who devote countless hours to this musical genre because they love it.  We welcome donations and sponsorships to offset our operating expenses - from facility rentals to music purchase and instrument repairs.

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