NJWS 2019 – 2020 Youth Soloist Competition


First Place: Solo performance with the New Jersey Wind Symphony  on Friday, May 9 2020, and $1,000 scholarship award

Second Place: $500 scholarship award

Third Place: $250 scholarship award


The New Jersey Wind Symphony Youth Soloist Competition is open to United States citizens and legal non-citizens who are full-time high school band students who reside in the following counties: Morris, Bergen, Passaic, Sussex, Warren, Hudson, Essex, Union and Rockland. *Previous NJWS Youth Soloist winners are not eligible.

Entry Process

Entering the NJWS Youth Soloist Competition is a two-step process.

Students must submit a typed letter with their name, instrument, address, telephone number, school, grade, e-mail address, band director name, email address and school phone and a $25 entrance fee (check made payable to New Jersey Wind Symphony, Inc.) postmarked by February 24, 2019. In addition to the letter and entrance fee, students must submit a video recording of their piece. Post an unlisted YouTube video that can be accessed by anyone with the link. Send the link to Mrs. Russo and Mrs. Siebenhuhner. An accompanist is not necessary for preliminary audition videos.

Entry forms must be mailed to:

NJWS Youth Soloist Competition C/O
Mrs. Dawn Russo
17 Harrison Avenue
Morris Plains, NJ  07950

YouTube link must be sent to: drusso@me.com and kristen.siebenhuhner@gmail.com

YouTube videos will be reviewed after receipt of letter and entry fee.

Competition Process

The finalists will be chosen by March 6, 2019 and will be notified by phone and email, then by mail if necessary. Final auditions will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2019 at West Side Presbyterian Church located in Ridgewood NJ. Please check the website njwindsymphony.org for updates. Student-supplied accompanist at finals is required. The winners will receive their scholarships and the first-place winner will perform with the NJWS at the May 8, 2019 concert.

THE NEW JERSEY WIND SYMPHONY (formerly the Ridgewood Concert Band)

The New Jersey Wind Symphony is a volunteer concert band based in Ridgewood, New Jersey. This internationally recognized band consists of instrumentalists from all walks of life, and includes retired members of professional orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic. Led by Music Director Dr. Christian Wilhjelm, the band performs a varied repertoire from pops to transcriptions and from traditional band literature to world premiers of new music. In addition, the group has had the privilege of performing with such soloists as Joseph Alessi, Philip Smith, Phillip Myers, and Joseph Robinson from the New York Philharmonic as well as David Krauss from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Repertoire Requirements

Candidates are to perform a piece of appropriate standard with band accompaniment e.g. a Region Band piece or a piece of similar difficulty. It is the student’s responsibility (in conjunction with their private teacher and/or band director) to confirm there is a band accompaniment BEFORE submitting their application.


Mrs. Dawn Russo – drusso@me.com
Mrs. Kristen Siebenhuhner – kristen.siebenhuhner@gmail.com


February 24, 2020 – letter, fee and recording deadline
March 6, 2020 – finalists chosen and notified
March 21, 2020 – live final auditions 2-5PM
May 8, 2020 – NJWS concert, top three scholarships awarded; first place winner performs with NJWS