Performance Opportunities

Salute to Youth 2016-17


2016-17 Salute to Youth Concert

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to perform on the 2016-17 Salute to Youth Concert 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 27.   This fall marks the 57th year for the concert, under the continuous sponsorship of the Deseret News.   Thank you to everyone who participated in the preliminary and final auditions.  We recognize and appreciate the time and talent behind each entry and are pleased that the Salute to Youth Concert remains a motivation for young musicians in Utah to grow and excel. 

Bree Fotheringham, violin
Makenzie Hart and Ellen Hayashi, violin duet
Amanda Hofheins, cello
Matthew Nielson, piano
Megan Tandar, piano
Olivia Torgersen, marimba
Monet Wilson, harp
Kana Yoshigi, piano

Sarah Baker (cello) and Avery Gunnell (piano) received Honorable Mention in the auditions.

Judges for the final auditions were Kathryn Eberle, Rei Hotoda, Andrew Larson and Steve Proser.


2016-17 Salute to Youth Guidelines, Repertoire and Application

The 57th annual Salute to Youth concert featuring young Utah musicians soloing with the Utah Symphony is scheduled for September 27, 2016.   Click here  to see the 2016-17 application, guidelines and repertoire. Please note a change to how this year’s final auditions will be held. Final auditions will be conducted with the soloist and accompanist in full view of the judges. No auditions will be heard with candidates behind a screen.


Salute to Youth 50th Anniversary

The September 29, 2009 Salute to Youth concert marked the 50th anniversary of this great tradition.  Deseret News has been the sponsor of this exciting celebration of young musical talent in Utah for the entire 56 years.  Click here for a collection of some of their memories of their experiences as Salute to Youth soloists. Click here for a list of former soloists. This concert is sponsored each year by the Deseret News.



All-star evening

Violinist Karen Ferry was selected at the August 1 Salute to Youth auditions to perform a concerto with the Utah Symphony on the All-Star Evening concert on May 23, 2017.  She will perform Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) by Sarasate.  The All-Star Evening also includes orchestral selections performed by Utah Symphony musicians sitting side-by-side with students who have been nominated from 11 youth orchestras.


Youth Guild Recital

Youth Guild members who have earned two education and two service credits are eligible to audition for the Youth Guild recital each spring.  Students who perform on the Youth Guild recital have automatic eligibility for the following season's Salute to Youth final auditions.  Information about auditions and the recital date will be announced later this season.  Senior division winners receive $250, junior division winners receive $200 and elementary division winners receive $150.  The excitement generated by these young musicians (Ages 10-18) will leave you inspired and smiling for days.  To learn more about the Youth Guild and to obtain an application, visit the Youth Guild section on our website. 

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