Blount Slawson Young Artist Competition

Since 1981, the Symphony League has mounted a concerto competition for pre-college instrumentalists with the winner appearing as a guest artist with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. Through the years, the competition grew from a local event with a dozen children vying for a few hundred dollars in prizes to on which is national in scope at which 70-80 young musicians compete for nearly $17,000 in prizes.

This enormous growth has been fueled by the enthusiasm of the Symphony League volunteers, the Blount Foundation and the Guice Slawson family. Partnerships with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and National Public Radio’s award winning “From The Top” have strengthened the competition’s stature and helped establish its national footprint.

The goals of the Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition are threefold:

  • To promote a professional standard of performance among young musicians through the experience of a competitive forum
  • To afford young musicians the opportunity to be judged by artists of recognized standing
  • To select a talented young musician to perform with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra

The Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition and Concert are made possible by the generosity of The Blount Foundation and The Guice Slawson Family in cooperation with the Montgomery Symphony League and Huntingdon College.

The 2018 Blount Slawson Young Artist Competition is now closed for applications.