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2016 finalists (l-r): Audrianna Wu, Liam Mayo, Tabby Rhee, Robert Rockman

Download the 2017 application.
Application and $30 non-refundable entry fee due Fri., Dec. 16, 2016.

Preliminary Round

Sat., Jan. 7, 2017, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Ave., Madison, WI 53703
Closed to the public

Semi-Final Round

Mon., Jan. 9, 2017, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St., Madison, WI 53703
Open to the public

Final Round: "Final Forte"

Wed., Mar. 29, 2017, 7 p.m.
Overture Hall in Overture Center for the Arts
More information about the Final Forte can be found here.
The Bolz Young Artist Competition is a highly regarded statewide competition in which Wisconsin’s young musicians compete for scholarships and the opportunity to perform as soloists with the MSO. The competition is open to Wisconsin residents in grades 9-12 who play violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, harp, piano, percussion, saxophone, organ, or classical guitar. Previous winners may not compete in consecutive years on the same instrument. Contracted musicians of the MSO are ineligible.
Winners of the Bolz Young Artist Competition are featured as soloists with the MSO during the Spring Young People’s Concert. Each winner also receives a $2000 scholarship and the Marian Bolz Prize for Distinguished Musical Achievement or the Steenbock Youth Music Award. Up to two Honorable Mention scholarships of $1000 may also be awarded.
2016 Results:
First Place: Robert Rockman, marimba
Second Place: Tabby Rhee, violin
Honorable Mention: Liam Mayo, piano
Honorable Mention: Audrianna Wu, piano
2015 Results
First Place: Julian Rhee, violin
Second Place: Vivian Wilhelms, piano
Honorable Mention: Maya Pierick, harp
Honorable Mention: Isabella Wu, piano
The Bolz Young Artist
Competition is made possible by a generous endowment from
The Eugenie Mayer Bolz
Family Foundation
Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte concert and broadcasts are the result of a historic partnership among
Major funding
provided by
Diane Ballweg
Stephen Morton
Julie and
Larry Midtbo
Fred and
Mary Mohs
Joe and Mary Ellyn Sensenbrenner
Additional funding
provided by
A. Paul Jones
Charitable Trust
Sentry Insurance Company
James Dahlberg and Elsebet Lund
W. Jerome Frautschi
Ann and Roger
Kato Perlman
Margaret C. Winston
Paul Guthrie, in memory of Ella Guthrie
Nick and Judith Topitzes,
in memory of
Kenneth Emmons
Friends of Wisconsin Public Television
Special thanks to Farley's House of Pianos for providing the pianos for our Young Artist Competition auditions