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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.

2023 Young Artist Competition

This year we will hold a two-level event:

Level 1 – Application & Submission

Applications must be completed,

fees paid, and submissions uploaded to our

drop-box by Feb. 20, 2023.

All contestants will be notified of the competition outcome via e-mail by March 1, 2023.

Level 2 – In-person play-off event

Sunday, March 26, 2023, at

Dorsett Arts Studio, 2612 Metro Blvd.,
Maryland Heights, MO 63043, time to be determined.


Please refer to YAC Application form for all the details.

Questions about the Young Artist Competition?

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2023 Young Artist Winners will perform with the University City Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, May 7, 2023 


Young Artist Competition Application

Please submit your application by February 20, 2023.


​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 

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