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Young Artist Solo Competition

  • Young Artist Solo Competition
  • 2016 Competition
  • Competition Process
  • Past Winners
  • Application Form
  • Repertoire List
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Solo Competition Concert

Since 2001 the United States Navy Band has been proud to host and present the Young Artist Solo Competition. Encouraging young musicians is one of the Navy Band's educational objectives and we are pleased to offer this annual program as an opportunity for talented high school musicians to perform with the Concert Band.

Each year, students submit high-quality audio recordings for consideration in the preliminary round. The recordings are evaluated and a select number of finalists are invited to the historic Sail Loft at the Washington Navy Yard to audition in person. All finalists are invited to perform a work side by side with the Concert Band, the top three students receive cash prizes and the grand prize winner performs as the featured soloist with the Concert Band.

While the Navy Band is pleased to motivate and reward young musicians, the Solo Competition is often more than a platform for students seeking a future in music. While many past winners have gone on to pursue music professionally, a number of them have also pursued education and careers in a variety of different fields. The Navy Band is pleased to work with and inspire these outstanding young men and women!

2016 Competition Winner

Yaema Ho

Yaema Ho is an 11th grader from Potomac, Maryland. She began her flute studies with Susan Brandt and currently studies with David Lonkevich. Ho has received top awards from many competitions including the Flute Society of Washington Honors Competition, American Protégé International Woodwind and Brass Competition, the Woodbridge Concerto Competition, the Asian-American International Music Competition and the Music Teacher’s National Association Competition (Maryland and D.C.). In 2015, Ho received the merit award in the National Young Arts Competition. She has also competed as one of the finalists in the U.S. Army Young Artist Concerto Competition and the Frederick Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Concerto Competition. Ho is a member of the Maryland Classical Youth Orchestra and the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed at major venues such as the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center, the Music Center at Strathmore, the George Mason University Concert Hall and Brucker Hall at Ft. Myer. A brilliant student academically, Ho is passionate about music and loves to share the beautiful music with others in the community.

Competition Process

The U.S. Navy Band's Young Artist Solo Competition is open to all students currently enrolled in grades 9 to 12. Eligible students should submit a high quality MP3 recording of the piece of their choice from the repertoire list with accompaniment. The performance should be a complete and unedited version. Fill in this application and send both files to

When saving your files for submission please save both the application and MP3 as your full name. Also, please ensure that email addresses provided are regularly monitored. Materials must be received by Jan. 28, 2016. Finalists will be notified approximately a week after and will be invited to perform in the final round of the competition in Washington, D.C., on March 24 at 9 a.m. Each finalist must provide an accompanist for the final round; all expenses incurred are the applicant's responsibility.

The winner will prepare his or her solo with the Navy Concert Band at a 10 a.m. dress rehearsal the day before the concert. The concert will be on May 4, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Finalists will also be invited to prepare and perform an ensemble selection for that concert. The winner will receive The Ambassador Middendorf Young Artist Award of $1,000. In addition, the National Capital Council Navy League of the United States has generously donated awards of $250 and $150 for second and third prizes. All six finalists will also receive complementary professional headshots and will be offered the chance to receive a free private lesson with a member of the Navy Band. Awards will be presented at the Solo Competition Winners Concert. Therefore cash prize recipients must be present.

The Navy Band hopes that either you or your qualified students apply for this opportunity to perform with one of the nation's finest concert bands. It will be our pleasure to share the stage with these dedicated and talented young musicians.




Past Winners


Morgan Mackenzie Short,



Olivia Staton,


James Madison High School, Vienna, Va.


Arianna Beyer,


Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Jacksonville, Fla.


Joshua Lauretig,


Beachwood High School, Cleveland, Ohio


Dominic Favia,


Oakton High School, Vienna, Va.


Andrew Eshbach,


Fairfax High School, Fairfax, Va.


Rebekah Carpio,


James Madison High School, Vienna, Va.


Chao Xue,


Montgomery Blair High School , Wheaton, Md.


Ashley Kong


Oakton High School, Oakton, Va.


Xavier Verna,


Thomas Edison High School, Alexandria, Va.


Joy Fraser,


Altholton High School, Columbia, Md.


Samuel Funkhouser,


Central High School, Woodstock, Va.


Alicia Murai,


Loch Raven High School, Towson, Md.


Giancarlo Garcia ,


McLean High School, McLean, Va.


Alicia Murai,


Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, Va.


Stephen Secules ,


Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Greenbelt, Md.

Applicaton Form


Solo Competition Application Form















Repertoire List


Solo Competition Required Solo List
















For more information, contact the Solo Competition Coordinator via e-mail at