Concerto Competition

Harlan Duenow Young Artist Concerto Competition


Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Winners!


First Place

Morgan Short (20), Harp

Morgan Short is a rising star in the harp community. As a top prize winner, she has been awarded eight concerto appearances since 2015; performing the Debussy Dances with the U.S. Navy, Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Handel’s Concerto in B flat Major with the Roanoke Youth Symphony, Liberty University Symphony, Fayetteville Symphony and the Delta Symphony Orchestra. Recent performances of Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro and Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto for the 25th Anniversary of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival (2017) came as a direct invitation along with the opportunity to perform a solo recital at Watson Hall for UNCSA’s Summer Harp Festival. Morgan is currently pursuing a BM in Harp Performance at UNCSA where she studies with Jacquelyn Bartlett and receives additional instruction from Elisabeth Remy Johnson, Principal Harpist of the Atlanta Symphony. Morgan is also a certified Suzuki Instructor and enjoys teaching harp. Additionally, she has an active YouTube channel with over 35 videos.

Morgan will be soloing with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra on their March 10th, 2018 concert, and will receive a $1,000 cash prize at the concert to help continue her musical studies. Congratulations Morgan!


Second Place

Jacob Warren (20), Saxophone

Jacob Warren is from Emerald Isle, North Carolina. He is a junior, double majoring in saxophone performance and arts administration, and a Minerva scholar at the University of
North Carolina at Greensboro. He has been named the first place winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs State and National competitions, as well as the Euterpe Music Club Scholarship competition. Recently, Jacob has won first place in the North Carolina Music Teachers National Association solo competition in the woodwinds division, as well as the UNCG concerto competition. Additionally, Jacob works for the Eastern Music Festival as Social Media Content Developer. His primary teacher is Dr. Steven Stusek.

As the second place winner, Jacob will receive a $500 cash prize to help continue his musical studies. Congratulations Jacob!


Third Place

Jonathan McGarry (19), French Horn

Jonathan McGarry is a second year undergraduate student at UNCSA studying under Dr. Maria Serkin. He has attended Boston University: Tanglewood Institute where he studied with Eric Ruske and Music House International where he studied with Jeffrey Lang and Shelley Showers. He recently placed runner-up with honorable mention in the Philadelphia Orchestra Concerto Competition, and has been a finalist for the annual UNCSA Concerto Competition. Jon has performed in masterclasses for Michelle Baker, J.D. Shaw and Dr. Joseph Falvey. His favorite recent performances include Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and Respighi’s Vetrate di Chiesa. In his free time, Jon enjoys long naps and eating different forms of potato.

As the third place winner, Jonathan will receive a $300 cash prize to help continue his musical studies. Congratulations Jonathan!


Honorable Mention

Yi Sak Kim (16), Clarinet

Yi Sak Kim got his first clarinet around the age of 8. He also plays his violin. When he was 11 years old, he moved to America and began studying clarinet with his dad, Sejung Ra. During his stay, he expanded his musical knowledge through various competitions and experiences. Yi Sak won 1st place in woodwind and brass division at Ronald Sachs International Competition, 1st place in AACS (American Association of Christian Schools) Nationals, and 2nd place national winner MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) in San Antonio, Texas. In January 2018, he placed second in MTNA senior woodwind regional division at Lynchburg, Virginia. In 2016, he won Tar River Young Artist Competition and performed with the Tar River Symphony Orchestra in March 2017. He also won 1st place in NC Symphony Orchestra youth concerto competition junior division, and at Winston Salem Symphony Orchestra Competition and Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, he was awarded with honorable mention. He received many scholarships from these competitions. Currently, he is a member of Fayetteville Chamber Orchestra. He plays both clarinet and violin and sometimes substitutes viola. He and his family often gives out charity concerts to elders who does not have a chance to hear live music. He is a senior in Berean Baptist Academy.


Information for the 2018-2019 Concerto Competition will be posted in the fall.

The Harlan Duenow Young Artist Concerto Competition and Scholarship is a competition hosted by the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra for high school and college instrumentalists in the state of North Carolina.  The scholarship is named in honor of the orchestra’s longest serving conductor, the late Harlan Duenow.  The competition is open to different instrumentalists each year. This year (2017-2018 season), the competition will be open to woodwinds, brass, and percussionists. The following year (2018-2019 season) will be open to piano and string applicants. All applicants must compete on a piece chosen from our pre-approved list of solos for their respective instrument (pg. 3).

The winner of the competition will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and the chance to perform their solo piece with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra on their March 10th, 2018 concert. The second place winner will receive a $500 cash prize with recognition on our website and at our March 10th, 2018 concert. The third place winner will receive a $300 cash prize with recognition on our website and at our March 10th, 2018 concert.

Applicants must be a full-time legal resident of North Carolina or a military family member stationed in North Carolina at the time of the Wednesday, January 10th, 2018, application deadline.



Eligibility and Terms:

  • Must be a classical musician between the ages of 12 and 21 (born after March 31st, 1996).
  • For the 2017-2018 season, applicant must play one of the following instruments: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Harp, or Percussion
  • Must compete on one of the required solos listed below. Applicants that submit a recording of a solo not from the pre-approved list will automatically be disqualified.
  • Must be a full-time legal resident of North Carolina or a military family member stationed in North Carolina at the time of the Wednesday, January 10th, 5:00 p.m application deadline; for questions on eligibility, contact the FSO office (910)433-4690.


The winner of the FSO 2017-2018 Harlan Duenow Young Artist Concerto Competition is awarded:

  • A $1,000 cash prize intended for continued musical and professional development
  • A solo performance in concert on Saturday, March 10th, 2018 with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra featuring the solo they auditioned on.

A second and third place will also be chosen. The second place winner will receive a $500 cash prize and recognition on FSO publicity materials. The third place winner will receive a $300 cash prize and recognition on FSO publicity materials.


The winner agrees to participate in:

  • Any promotional events (interviews, radio spots, etc.) as requested and arranged in advance by the FSO Music Director and FSO staff.
  • The following rehearsals and concert for the 2017-2018 season:
    • Rehearsal: Friday, March 9th, 2018 @ 7:00pm
    • Rehearsal: Saturday, March 10th, 2018 @ 11:00am
    • Pre-Concert Talk: Saturday, March 10th, 2018 @ 6:45pm
    • Concert: Saturday, March 10th, 2018 @ 7:30pm



Applications must be submitted by email to Julia Atkins, Director of Artistic Operations and Marketing, at jatkins@fayettevillesymphony.org by Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 DEADLINE:

  1. Completed application form
  2. A brief essay (1 page, typed, double-spaced) addressing your musical background.  This essay should include any information about you that you would like the selection committee to know
  3. One letter of recommendation from one of the following: Private instrumental instructor, school music teacher, or professional musician who is familiar with your musical ability
  4. A video recording of the piece that you intend to perform with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra chosen from the pre-approved list on the following page. The recording should demonstrate portions of the composition chosen for competition. Accompaniment is preferred but not required for the first round. Please send video files and/or links of the video recordings through Dropbox, GoogleDrive, YouTube, or other electronic means. No CD’s or DVD’s please.

** All parts of the application must be submitted in order to be considered for the audition. Any missing parts of the application will automatically disqualify the applicant from the next round**



  • If chosen for the final round of auditions, you will be notified via email no later than Friday, January 26th with your audition time, date, and location. No phone calls please.


  • Final round auditions will be held on Sunday, February 11th, 2018 at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC.
  • There will be at least 3 judges
    • Please bring (3) three copies of your solo part, one for each judge
  • Final round auditions must include an accompanist. You may supply your own accompanist, or you may choose to use the FSO Staff accompanist that may be provided for you. If you choose to perform with the FSO Staff accompanist, you will have a 30min maximum rehearsal in the morning at a pre-determined time, with the audition being in the early afternoon.
  • Arrive thirty (30) minutes prior to your scheduled competition time and/or rehearsal time.  There is no allowance in the schedule for late performances; therefore, a missed appointment will be considered a withdrawal from the competition.
  • This will be an open audition, meaning any and all who would like to listen and observe the audition are welcome to sit in the hall.

It is the contestant’s responsibility to notify the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra’s office by phone (910)433-4690 if you have any issues arise that may affect your ability to perform as scheduled.

The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors reserves the right to disqualify any entry.  Previous competition winners are not eligible to compete again, but previous non-winner applicants are eligible. Any changes to the competition will be announced to competition entrants by e-mail.

FSO 2017-2018 applicants will be notified of the final award decision by email. The decision of the judges is final.  The winner will receive the prize money the evening of the performance with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. Second and Third place winners will receive their award money by mail.


Harlan Duenow Young Artist Concerto Competition Approved Works

Please choose one of the following works to compete on for your instrument. If the work has multiple movements, choose only one movement to perform.


  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto in G Major, K. 313
  • Carl Reinecke: Flute Concerto, Op. 282
  • Jacques Ibert: Flute Concerto
  • CPE Bach: Flute Concerto in D minor, H. 484.1


  • Franz Joseph Haydn: Oboe Concerto in C Major
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Introduction, Theme and Variations
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto in C Major
  • Domenico Cimarosa: Concerto in C Major


  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622
  • Carl Maria von Weber: Concertino
  • Claude Debussy: Premiere Rhapsody


  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Bassoon Concerto, K. 191
  • Carl Maria von Weber: Bassoon Concerto
  • Carl Maria von Weber: Andante and Hungarian Rondo
  • Antonio Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in e minor


  • Claude Debussy: Rapsodie for Orchestra and Saxophone
  • Aleksandr Glazunov: Saxophone Concerto, Op. 109
  • Jacques Ibert: Concertino da camera


  • Franz Joseph Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major, Hob. Vlle: 1
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in E major, S. 49
  • Alexander Arutiunian: Trumpet Concerto in A-flat minor

French Horn

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Horn Concerto 1, 2, 3, or 4
  • Richard Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1, Op. 11

Tenor Trombone

  • Ferdinand David: Trombone Concertino, Op. 4
  • Launy Grondahl: Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra
  • Alezandre Guilmant: Morceau symphonique

Bass Trombone

  • Eric Ewazen: Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra
  • Eric Ewazen: Rhapsody for Bass Trombone
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Tuba Concerto


  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Bassoon in Bb Major, K 191
  • Ferdinand David: Trombone Concertino, Op. 4


  • Edward Gregson: Tuba Concerto
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Tuba Concerto
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Horn Concerto 1, 2, 3, or 4 arranged for Tuba
  • Richard Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 arranged for Tuba


  • Handel: Concerto in Bb Major
  • Gliere: Harp Concerto
  • Pierne: Concertstück


  • Paul Creston: Concertino for Marimba and Orchestra
  • Ney Rosauro: Concert for Marimba and Orchestra
  • Kevin Puts: Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra


Featured Musician

Stuart McLemore – Bass

Stuart McLemore, a native of Fayetteville, studied the double bass under the tutelage of Craig Brown at UNC Greensboro. Stuart’s recent performance engagements have included the Fayetteville Symphony, the Carolina Philharmonic, the Roanoke Symphony, the Wilmington Symphony, and the Piedmont Players Theatre. Stuart is also the bass instructor at UNC School of the Arts’ Community Music School in Winston-Salem and the cello and bass instructor at Conservatory International in Pinehurst.

To Educate. To Entertain. To Inspire.

The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1956 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and is a professional, regional orchestra whose mission is to educate, entertain, and inspire the citizens of the Fayetteville, North Carolina region as the leading musical resource.  Praised for its artistic excellence, the Symphony leads in the cultural and educational landscape for Fayetteville and the southeastern North Carolina region.

The Fayetteville Symphony performs 6-8 concerts during any given season performing both at Methodist University and Fayetteville State University. Partnerships with other arts agencies include collaborative performances with Cape Fear Regional Theatre, chamber concerts at St. John’s Episcopal Church, as well as a military appreciation concert held over Memorial Day Weekend. The Symphony brings music to the schools and the community by performing educational concerts, as well as having its own Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra and Summer Music Camps.

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