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2015 finalists: Vivian Wilhelms, Maya Pierick, Isabella Wu, and Julian Rhee

Click here to download the 2016 application.
Due Friday, October 23, 2015.


Saturday, November 7, 2015 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Ave., Madison, WI 53703
Closed to the public


Wednesday, November 11, 2015 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St., Madison, WI 53703
Open to the public

FINAL ROUND "FINAL FORTE"-With guest co-host Christopher O’Riley

Friday, January 29, 2016 7:00 pm
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.
To enter into the competition, please fill out this application form and return it with the $30 non-refundable entry fee, payable to the Madison Symphony Orchestra, by Friday, October 23, 2015. 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.
Julian Rhee, violin-1st Place
Vivian Wilhelms, piano-2nd Place
Maya Pierick, harp-Honorable Mention
Isabella Wu, piano-Honorable Mention
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
Fred and
Mary Mohs
Stephen D. Morton
Additional funding
provided by
A. Paul Jones
Charitable Trust
AHMC Properties
Anne W. Bolz
James Dahlberg and Elsebet Lund
W. Jerome Frautschi
Julie and
Larry Midtbo
Kato L. Perlman
Sentry Insurance Foundation
Margaret C. Winston
Friends of Wisconsin Public Television
Special thanks to Farley's House of Pianos for providing the pianos for our Young Artist Competition auditions