Young instrumental artists can apply for the 2013 Pearl & Julius Young Music Competition, sponsored by The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey.  Now in its fifth year, the competition is sponsored by Stephen Young in memory of his parents, Pearl and Julius Young.  The competition is open to classical instrumentalists from the ages of 16-22.

Ten finalists will be chosen from the applicants and will perform at Dolan Hall, College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, on Saturday, March 16, 2013, from noon-3 p.m.  Finalists may perform with their own pianist or with a pianist provided by the Orchestra.  Non-keyboard finalists are required to perform a movement from a concerto from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Modern eras.  Pianists will perform a movement from a sonata or an equivalent work.

First prize is $1,000 and the winner will be invited to perform a concerto movement at the BONJ Summer Music Festival on August 11, 2013.  Second prize is $500.  Third prize is $250 and two $100 honorable mention prizes will be awarded. 

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Application deadline is December 31, 2012 and finalists will be notified by January 20, 2013.  Applications are available on line by going to the Orchestra’s web site,, or by requesting one from Lisa Young, Chairperson, 24 Edgar Road, West Orange, NJ 07052, by emailing her at or by calling her at 973-669-1641. A non-refundable application fee of $25, payable to BONJ, is required of all applicants, along with a brief biography or resume, a reference and a CD, DVD or You Tube of applicant in performance.

Ms. Young, chairperson of the competition, said: “2013 is the fifth anniversary of our music competition.  The Pearl & Julius Young Music Competition is one part of The Baroque Orchestra’s outreach program to help young artists develop their musical skills.  The Competition takes place in a support environment where young musicians perform before an audience and receive feedback from our judges, all of whom are outstanding musical professionals.  Unfortunately music education in our public schools has been waning in the last decade due to budgetary concerns.  Competitions like this help to pick up the slack.”