Competition calls for young string players

  • Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra is looking for entrants to its annual “Madeline Schatz-Harris Youth Concerto Competition. (Courtesy photo)

The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra will conduct its ninth annual “Madeline Schatz-Harris Youth Concerto Competition” on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Young string players from around the state of Hawaii are eligible to enter the competition this year, to be played at a private residence in Kailua-Kona.


During the competition, contestants will perform by memory one movement of a piece chosen from standard orchestral repertoire with piano accompaniment.

A panel of judges will select one winner from each age category: 12 years and under, 13-15 years, and 16-18 years. The competition winners will perform their solos with the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra during its winter concert “Innocent Beginnings” at 2 p.m. Jan. 26, 2020, at Kahilu Theatre in Waimea. In addition to performing in concert with the Orchestra, the winners of the competition will also receive cash rewards.

Instrumentalists interested in learning more about the competition should visit the Concerto Competition page on the Orchestra’s website:


Applications to enter the competition must be received no later than Aug. 28.

The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing live, high-quality orchestral music to audiences on Hawaii Island.

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