Symphony of the Lakes Young Artist Competition

The Symphony of the Lakes, a part-time professional orchestra located in Warsaw, Indiana, is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our 3rd Annual Young Artist Competition.  Our organization recognizes that the northern Indiana community is blessed with so many wonderful young musicians that we want to offer students an intriguing event – to compete and also have the opportunity to perform with The Symphony of the Lakes on our concert scheduled on April 29, 2016.  Our musicians come from all over northern Indiana, so it’s important to us that we give students in our region this special opportunity.

The competition will be Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Warsaw Performing Arts Center for students currently in grades 9 – 12 who play Strings (including guitar and harp), Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, and Piano.  Students must meet specific eligibility requirements to participate.

In order to participate, students must be residents in one of the following counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Fulton, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Miami, Noble, St. Joseph, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, or Whitley. Entrants must also participate in musical activities in school OR have a private instructor who lives or works in the counties listed. Other rules for the competition can be found in the rest of the information and application that is included with this letter.  Feel free to copy the letter and application as many times for your students.  This letter and application will also be available to download at:

It is our hope that you will help us reach out to private teachers of your school students and help us spread the word. We certainly do not want to exclude anyone from participating if they have the desire to do so. We look forward to more opportunities for you and your students in the future.

The Symphony of the Lakes’ mission is to engage the Northern Indiana community and enrich its quality of life through live musical performances and educational performances.  Giving students an opportunity like this will hopefully allow your young and gifted students the chance to shine in a way they perhaps haven’t had the opportunity to do so.

The application deadline is Friday, January 13, 2017.  If you have any further questions please email them to

View and download the application here.