The William Schatzkamer Young Artist Competition


Willie Schatzkamer

Maestro Schatzkamer, the conductor for the first 35 years of this orchestra, had a vision. He wanted to establish the premier place where musicians came to play during the off season of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. He envisioned a place where young talent would find an open reception to their budding skills where they would be inspired to reach for excellence in their craft.

Annual Events

Each year we invite young artists to compete for the opportunity to perform with us. A panel of our orchestra members selects a winner. The winner receives a $500.00 scholarship graciously given by the Kirkwood Optimists Club.

Young Artist Virtual Competition

2021 YAC Competition will be held virtually.

Submit video & performance by April 25th, 2021.

Please refer to YAC Application form for details.

Questions about the YAC? Email us at:

Young Artist Winner Announced

May 2021


Young Artist Competition Application

Please submit your application by April 25th, 2021.


​Applicants can submit the $40.00 application fee for the competition, to our address at:

University City Symphony Orchestra

7210 Olive Blvd. 

St. Louis, MO 63132​


or through paypal