Concerto Competition

YOCVA offers an annual concerto competition for the members of our advanced Youth Symphony orchestra.
Each year YOCVA names two winners, one in the string performance category and one in the wind & brass category.
Winners earn $300 and one performance of their concerto with the YOCVA Youth Symphony. New this year, all competitors will have an opportunity to perform their concerti on a featured recital!

2022 Competition Details


  • Registration for this year’s competition is now closed. Good luck competitors! 
  • Details about the 23/24 competition will be released in Spring 2023. 

Competition Date: Saturday November 19, 2022

  • Location: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2416 Jefferson Park Ave, Charlottesville VA 22903 
  • 20 – minute time slots will be available from 10:00 AM -3:00PM  

Tips & Quick Facts for Students

  • Click HERE to view the Competition regulations and guidelines
  • Performances are limited to one movement or 15 minutes. 
  • Memorization is not required but strongly encouraged! 
  • Need help finding an accompanist? Contact for help. 


Check out Last Year's Winners!

Strings Winner: Mary McCoy

Bruch, Romanze for Viola and Orchestra Op. 85

Mary McCoy is a junior who attends Wilson Memorial High School and the Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School. She has been playing the viola since she was five years old, as well as studying piano and voice. Mary currently enjoys taking lessons with Dr. Johanna Beaver, and also plays in the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra. She is honored to be performing with the Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia, and grateful to Mrs. Thomas and the Youth Symphony for creating such a wonderful rehearsal environment. In addition, Mary would like to thank her parents for having confidence in her, her brothers for supporting her, and her teacher for challenging her and giving excellent guidance. She is thrilled to share Max Bruch’s evocative Romanze for Viola and Orchestra, and plans to continue studying viola in the future.

Winds Winner: Claire Engler

Reinecke, Flute Concerto in D Major Op. 283

Claire Engler is a 16 year old junior in the MESA program at Albemarle High School. She discovered her passion for flute while attending Charlottesville High School Orchestra’s production of Peter and the Wolf when she was 7 years old. Despite her parents’ skepticism, she convinced them she was not too young for lessons and, soon after, began studying with Angela Kelly. Claire has been a member of YOCVA for almost nine years, including flute ensembles, Evans Orchestra and Youth Symphony. She has received first place awards with Hampton Roads Flute Faire, Flute Society of Washington, and a junior camp scholarship with Wednesday Music Club. She has been in the All-District Band top ensemble since 6th grade and was the principal flute this year. She attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for four summers, including the Masterworks Orchestra in 2018 and as principal flute in the International Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2019 where she traveled through France and Germany, staying with host families for a month. Last summer she attended Interlochen Arts Camp flute intensive week. At AHS, under the direction of Andrew LaPrade, she has been in the jazz ensemble, spring musical pit orchestra, and wind ensemble. She also plays the marimba in the marching band. When not engaged in musical pursuits, academics, or hanging out with friends, she can often be found volunteering with Albemarle County Fire Rescue and is currently taking Fire 1 with plans to become EMT certified this summer.  Claire also enjoys volunteering at Camp Holiday Trails, where she was a camper for eight summers, inspiring other children with type 1 diabetes and other chronic illnesses. She plans to continue her passion for flute in college as a member of music ensembles while studying pre-med.