About the Pearl & Julius Young Competition

The Baroque Orchestra is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the 2017 Pearl & Julius Young music Competition.

First Prize is $1000. The First Prize winner will perform a concerto movement at the BONJ Summer Music Festival in August, 2017. Second prize is $500.  Third prize is $250.  Two $100 honorable mention prizes will be awarded. Judges will include principal musicians from the orchestra and guest artists.

The 2017 competition will be held March 19, 2017 at NOON. Dolan Hall, The College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, New Jersey.   Admission to this unforgettable afternoon of great music is FREE!

Click here for 2017 Application

Judges include principal musicians from the orchestra and guest artists.   Past judges have included international artists Lynm Czae, Paul Zeigler, Anne Matlack, Stanley Alexandrowicz, Harry Searing, Ron Leavy as well as prinicpal BONJ musicians Andrew Pecota, Agnes Kwasniewska, and Evan Ardell.

The competition is open to instrumentalists ages 16-22. Finalists chosen from the applicants will perform at Dolan Performance Hall, The College of Saint Elizabeth, on Sunday, March 19, 2017, 12:00-3:00 PM. 

Artists will be able to warm-up starting at 10:00 AM.  Finalists may perform with their own pianist or with a pianist provided by the orchestra. 

Non-keyboard finalists must perform one movement from a concerto from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Modern eras.   Pianists must perform a movement from a sonata or an equivalent work.

Fill out the application and mail with a check for the non-refundable application fee of $25 (payable to BONJ).  Include a brief biography or resume, letter of recommendation and a CD, DVD or YouTube Link of you in performance. 

Applications must be received by January 6, 2017. Finalists will be notified by January 27, 2017.   Please mail to: Lisa Young, Chairperson, 24 Edgar Road, West Orange, New Jersey, 07052.

Concert Listing for the Competition



Sunday, March 19, 2017, 12:00 PM


Dolan Hall, The Annuniation Center, The College of Saint Elizabeth



The Baroque Orchestra is pleased to announce finalists for the 2016 Pearl and Julius Young Competition for young instrumental artists, ages 16-22. 

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