Performance Opportunities


Salute to Youth 2017-18

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The 58th annual Saute to Youth concert featuring young Utah musicians soloing with the Utah Symphony took place on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 under the conductorship of Utah Symphony Assistant Conductor Conner Covington.  The document with guidelines and repertoire is available here.  

The students selected to perform on this year's Salute to Youth concert are listed below.  Congratulations to all who participated in the auditions.  

Sabrina Allen, 12 - piano
Sarah Baker, 12 - cello
David Ban, 15 - piano
Avery Gunnell, 16 - piano
Olivia Owens, 11 - violin
Aniah Young, 18 - flute
Ensemble of McCall Andersen, 16, and Erika Hubbard, 17 - violins
Ensemble of Rachel Call, 15,  and Sanne Christensen, 16 - violin and piano

Students receiving Honorable Mention in the Salute to Youth final auditions are:

McCall Andersen
Hannah Brown
Julia Fu
Dohoon Kwag
John Zhao


Interested in auditioniong for Salute to Youth? 

Preliminary auditions are submitted on a recording and are heard based on instrument and age categories.  Final auditions are heard live.  The current repertoire list can be found here.  Notification of each year's rules and application procedures is sent out by email in April.  Any changes made to the repertoire list during the year are also emailed.  If you would like to be added to our email list, please email Beverly Hawkins at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and indicate if you are a teacher (include instrument) or a student.  If you have any questions about eligibility or the auditions prior to the April email, please contact Beverly Hawkins.

  • Piano, strings, and harp divisions are:  elementary - age 8-12; junior - age 13-15; senior - age 16-18
  • Winds, brass and percussion divisions are:  junior - 13-17; senior - age 18-20
  • Voice divisions are:  junior - age 16-18; senior - 19-22
  • Ensembles have just one division, all ages 8-18


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 58 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

Pianist Jarom Martineau, 17, was selected at the 2017-18 Salute to Youth final auditions to perform the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1 cwith the Utah Symphony on the All-Star Evening concert on May 22, 2018.  The All-Star Evening also includes orchestral selections performed by Utah Symphony musicians sitting side-by-side with students who have been nominated from 10 youth orchestras.   Symphony is proud to support the musical aspirations of Utah students with this performance opportunity. 


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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