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Solo Competition Concert

Young Artist Solo Competition winner performing

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 or private video recordings for consideration in the preliminary round. Once the recordings are evaluated, a select number of finalists will be invited to the historic Sail Loft at the Washington Navy Yard to audition in person. All finalists are invited to perform an ensemble selection side by side with the Concert Band, the top three students receive cash prizes up to $1000 and the grand-prize winner performs as the featured soloist with the Concert Band.

The Young Artist Solo Competition is open to students nationwide in grades 9-12. Previous applicants have come from 29 different states. Past winners have gone on to attend highly prestigious music schools and perform in top-tier orchestras, while one winner returned to secure a job with the U.S. Navy Band. The Navy Band is pleased to offer this opportunity for talented high school musicians across the country to perform with the Concert Band.

2019 Competition Winner

Naomi Sun

Naomi Sun is a harp instrumentalist and 9th grade student at Leigh High School in San Jose, California. Her passion for music began at a young age and, after exploring piano and flute, she discovered the harp and began studying with Linda Wood Rollo.

Sun has won awards in several competitions, including top prizes in the Yvonne La Mothe Schwager Harp Competition (2015) and the United States International Youth Competition (2015), and 2nd place in the San Jose Youth Symphony (SJYS) Concert Orchestra’s Solo Competition (2016). She has performed as a soloist and traveled around the world with the SJYS, visiting Croatia, Austria and Hungary. Following that, she performed at the 2017 World Harp Congress in Hong Kong and at the National Harp Congress in Los Angeles with the Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble. Sun is currently the principal harpist of the Golden State Youth Orchestra and SJYS. She has performed with the Saratoga Symphony, Lyric Theatre Orchestra, California Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Los Gatos Ballet, and as a soloist at Carnegie Hall.

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 audio recording or private video link of their selected piece, with accompaniment, chosen from the repertoire list on our website. The performance should be a complete and unedited version. Fill out the application form and send it to the competition coordinator at

When recording your submission, refer to the “Recording Guidelines” section of our website for specifics. Save and submit any application materials as your full name. Also, ensure that email addresses provided are regularly monitored. Materials must be received by Jan. 5, 2020. Finalists will be notified approximately a week following the deadline, and will be invited to perform in the final round of the competition in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 15, 2020, beginning at 8 a.m. Each finalist is responsible for securing their accompanist for the final round; all expenses incurred are the applicant's responsibility.

The concert will be on Friday, May 1, 2020, at 7 p.m., at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall in Alexandria, Virginia. The winner will prepare his or her solo with the Concert Band at a 10 a.m. dress rehearsal Thursday, April 30, 2020. Finalists will also be invited to that morning’s dress rehearsal to prepare a side by side ensemble selection for the final performance. 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 finalists will also receive complementary professional headshots and the chance to receive a free private lesson with a member of the Navy Band. Awards will be presented at the Young Artist Solo Competition winners Concert, and cash prize recipients must be present to receive their awards.

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 is always our pleasure to share the stage with dedicated and talented young musicians.

Young Artist Solo Competition Group




Past Winners


Hannah Lee,


Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, Md.


Irene Kim,


Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Fairfax, Va.


Yaema Ho,



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


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Repertoire List


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Recording Guidelines


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