National Young Musicians Competition

  PHOTO: 2018 National Young Musicians Competition Winners. (Left to right) John Fischer (managing director for Artist Series Concerts), SoHui Yun (22, Boston, MA), Shannon Lee (22, Boston, MA), Max Tan (24, Sarasota, FL/New York, NY), Alexander Hersh (24, Chicago, IL/Berlin, Germany), Lee Dougherty Ross (co-founder and director of competitions and community programs for Artist Series Concerts). Photo by Rod Millington.

PHOTO: 2018 National Young Musicians Competition Winners. (Left to right) John Fischer (managing director for Artist Series Concerts), SoHui Yun (22, Boston, MA), Shannon Lee (22, Boston, MA), Max Tan (24, Sarasota, FL/New York, NY), Alexander Hersh (24, Chicago, IL/Berlin, Germany), Lee Dougherty Ross (co-founder and director of competitions and community programs for Artist Series Concerts). Photo by Rod Millington.

In the past decade, we awarded more than $300,000 to 80 gifted young musicians.

History and Funding

Our national competition initiative began with leadership gifts from Jerold and Lee Dougherty Ross and Virginia Toulmin in 2002. In 2006, Virginia Toulmin made a generous gift to the organization, which was increased by additional donations and pledges to the fund. Funds raised annually by our volunteer arm, Artist Series Concerts Friends, are directed to awards and expenses related to our competitions and outreach programs. Donations, grants and sponsorships continue to be encouraged to support this important program.

Named awards

Artist Series Concerts offers several annual awards as part of its  competition program. The named awards are:

The Jerold and Lee Dougherty Ross Award
The Jerold and Lee Dougherty Ross Award, funded by Artist Series Concerts Friends.

The Ernest and Alisa Kretzmer Award
The Ernest and Alisa Kretzmer Award, in loving memory of Alisa Kretzmer.

The Mary Thienes-Schunemann Award
The Mary Thienes-Schunemann Award, endowed by Dr. R. Lawrence Thienes.

Herb & Edie Winston Award
The Herb and Edith Winston Award, in loving memory of Herb Winston.

The Katherine Lauder and Donald Britt Semi-Finalists Recognition
The Donald Britt and Katherine Lauder Recognition.

Artist Series Concerts partners with the Sarasota Music Club to present the Suncoast Music Scholarships, an annual competition that awards $20,000 to young musicians from high schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Interested in learning more about sponsoring these programs? Call John Fischer, managing director, at 941-306-1200 or email him at j.fischer@artistseriesconcerts.org.