Conductor’s Circle

The Washington Idaho Symphony Announces
the 39th Annual
Domey/Gillespie Young Artists Fund


This program is funded in part by a generous grant from the Richard Lord Domey and Diane Marie Filby Gillespie Young Artist Fund of the Inland Northwest Community Foundation


Applications Due: Friday, February 8, 2016
Final Round Competition: Saturday, February 27, 2016
Winners Concerts: April 23-24, 2016


  Download the Young Artist Application 


Open to students and residents of eastern and central Washington, eastern and northern Idaho, and eastern Oregon.

Entrance Fee: $30.00

The competition will have two categories :

  • Students attending high school (or home schooled) and younger than age 18 at the time of the application deadline
  • College students ages 18 to 25 at the time of the application deadline.

The following additional stipulations for awarding this prize apply.

  • Winners from 2014-2015 are not eligible.
  • Winners (maximum of 2, ideally 1 winner from each category) will receive a cash prize of $1000 each plus a commemorative gift and the opportunity to perform twice or have his or her piece performed twice with the Washington Idaho Symphony in concert on April 23-24, 2016.

A small financial award will be made available for runners up for the 2015-2016 competition.

All applications must be received by the Washington Idaho Symphony by Monday, February 8, 2016.


Open to all composers, instrumentalists, and vocalists

Description and Rules:

1) Orchestral Composition

  • The composer's entry form, and check or money order for the entry fee, $30.00, should be enclosed in a sealed envelope and marked with a pseudonym.
  • One entry per composer
  • The composer must be a permanent resident of Washington, Idaho, or Oregon
  • The submitted score shall meet professional standards for notation and legibility.
  • A compact disc recording should accompany the score. A MIDI realization is acceptable if a live recording is unavailable.
  • The composer's name must not appear on the submitted score or recording; rather these should also be marked with the pseudonym used on the envelope.
  • The instrumentation must not exceed 3333, 4331, Timp+3, Strings. Entries including voices or electronics will not be considered.
  • Duration must not exceed 8 minutes.
  • The jury retains the right to dismiss immediately any entries deemed to be too difficult for a semi-professional orchestra, that fail to meet professional standards, or that fail to meet the above guidelines.
  • The winning composer must submit a full set of professional-quality parts by April 1, 2016.
  • The winning composer is expected to attend the premiere in Pullman, WA on April 23, 2016, and in Clarkston on April 24, 2016. Travel is at the
    composer’s own expense.
  • A complete set of score and parts of the winning composition will remain the property of the Washington Idaho Symphony.


2) Instrumental/Vocal Performance

  • Entrants should prepare a movement of a concerto or an aria (operatic, oratorio, or mass selection, or from the standard orchestral lieder repertoire) not to exceed 15 minutes in length.
  • Concerti/Arias should be chosen from the standard orchestral repertoire.
  • The selection of semi-finalists will be by recorded audition (CD required).
  • There is no time limit for the recorded audition.
  • Instrumentalists and vocalists selected for the final round of competition to be held in Pullman/Mosocw on February 27, 2016 are required to provide their own accompanist. (There are many available through both Washington State University and the University of Idaho).
  • Recordings and application forms/fees must be received at the Washington Idaho Symphony Office NO LATER than February 8, 2016.
  • The following information should be printed or typed and attached to the CD case:
    • Name
    • Division
    • Instrument/Voice:
    • Address
    • Phone
    • Email Address
    • Name of Composition/Composer (if applicable)
    • Date of Recording


Tips for creating your CD

If you need help making your CD or you do not own the technology, ask your private teacher, school music teacher or a friend to assist you. You may also contact the Washington Idaho Symphony Office at (509) 332-3408 or email the Washington Idaho Symphony at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any additional assistance.

If you have home computer equipment, see the following instructions:

  • Clearly print your full name, instrument, age, and private teacher on CD.
  • Clearly print the contents of the CD on a piece of paper and include it with your registration form.
  • Use an inexpensive external microphone (i.e. from Radioshack) and plug it in to the microphone jack on the back of your computer. You may need to adjust the sound options on your computer before you record. Make sure that the microphone is selected as the primary recording device, and that the recording volume is adjusted.
  • Most computers come with simple recording software that records files in .WAV or .mp3 format. Record the audition requirements for your instrument and save the file on your computer.
  • The CD burner software on your computer should be able to convert your .WAV or .mp3 file directly into an audio track on a blank CD-R disc.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Washington Idaho Symphony
office at (509) 332-3408, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please send completed application form and CD with attached information and $30.00
registration fee (PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH) to:

Washington Idaho Symphony
PO Box 9185
Moscow, ID 83843

Entrants will be notified of the results of the recorded auditions by February 12, 2016. CDs and application fees cannot be returned. Winners will be selected at the Young Artists's Competition on February 27, 2016, and announced publicly by the Washington Idaho Symphony via press release shortly thereafter. Music must be memorized and the time limit for the live performance is 15 minutes. Each contestant (including pianists) must provide his/her own accompanist, a copy of his/her music for the adjudication panel, and audition with the music that he/she proposes to perform with the orchestra. Pre-editing for audition purposes will be permitted and is encouraged. The Washington Idaho Symphony will make every effort to present the winners of the Competition in the best possible manner. Individuals named as winners are expected to perform with the orchestra on April 23-24, 2016 and to attend at least one rehearsal in consultation with the Music Director, and the dress rehearsal on the evening of April 22, 2016. The Washington Idaho Symphony reserves the right to make performance adjustments concerning rehearsal time and availability of musicians.

Please note that the decisions of the Jury will be final. The Jury will have the sole right to not give an award in any category if the entries in said category are deemed to have insufficient artistic merit.


  Download the Young Artist Application