Youth Soloist Competition

About The Youth Soloist Competition

The New Jersey Wind Symphony is committed to assisting in the musical education of young people and to that end providing students significant opportunities to hear, experience, and participate in live performances.

Since 2006, the Band has hosted a major wind competition for high school students in Morris, Bergen, Passaic, Sussex, Hudson, Essex, Union and Rockland counties. The competition opens in November each year, inviting students to send applications by January. The recording deadline is in February, finalists are notified, and live auditions take place in March. Scholarship prizes are awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, and the 1st place winner performs their audition piece with the Band in the May concert.

This highly acclaimed competition engages students, area band directors, private teachers, and the entire band membership to promote and celebrate wind education and quality performances

The 2021 – 2022 winner will be featured on the May 2022concert, where all the winners will be recognized and presented with their scholarship award.

Donations to the scholarship award and assistance with the underwriting of this event are welcome and greatly appreciated. If you are interested in contributing, please contact the New Jersey Wind Symphony either by phone (201 403-9030) or by email at

Youth Soloist Competition Winners

2019 – 2020 Winner
Ethan Chang

2018 – 2019 Winner
Jonathan Yu

2017- 2018 Winner
Daniel Dauber

2016-2017 Winner
Christopher Mantell

2015-2016 Winner
Timothy Ruzala

2014-2015 Winner
Stephanie Pizza

2013-2014 Winner
Emmett Rapaport

2012-2013 Winner
Amanda Kam

2011-2012 Winner
Dana Nix

2010-2011 Winner
Yuto Takamoto

2009-2010 Winner
Karl Gilbert

2008-2009 Winner
Patricia Catalano

2007-2008 Winner
Eric Seligman

2006-2007 Co-Winners
Stephanie Jacobs
Alto Saxophone
Bradley Robinson
French Horn

2005-2006 Winner
Brian Jordan