The Pearl & Julius Young Music Competition

  • Miranda Liu Performs Vivaldi's Four Seasons
    Miranda Liu Performs Vivaldi's Four Seasons

The Pearl & Julius Young Music Competition is currently not active until further notice.  Thank you.

The competition is open to all instrumentalists ages 16-22. Application can be submitted through downloading, filling out the application, and mailing to to Lisa Young, Chairperson and Vice President of The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey. Application can also be submitted online.

Applicants submit recordings or links to YouTube videos. Preliminary judging is done in January.  

Ten finalists are invited to perform at Dolan Hall, The College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, New Jersey.   

Judges include principal musicians of The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, leading music educators, leaders in the New York and New Jersey music community, and international artists. Past judges have included major artists like Harry Searing, Ron Leavy, Andrew Pecota, Agnes Kwasniewska, Dr. Anne Matlack, Stanley Alexandrowicz, Stefano Miceli, Lynn Czae, Paul Zeigler, and Evan Ardelle.

Applicants are invited to perform music of any period. Pianists are asked to play solo works. Selections for the initial application are unlimited in time or number.  

If chosen as a finalist, applicants will perform selections lasting between ten and fiftenn minutes. Instrumentalists are welcome to use their own or BONJ accompanist Hyunjin Cho.

First Prize is $1000. The First Prize winner will perform a concerto movement at the BONJ Summer Music Festival in August. Second prize is $500. Third prize is $250.  Two $100 honorable mention prizes will be awarded. 

The winner of the competition final will be invited to perform a concerto of any period with The Baroque Orchestra of New Jeresy at the annual Summer Festival in August.

Concert Listing for the Competition



Sunday, March 11, 2018, 12:00 PM


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


Competition Finalists 1
  • For young instrumental artists, ages 16-22. 
  • March 11, 2018 - NOON
  • Competition is Open to The Public
  • Admission: Free

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News & Announcements

March 17, 2018
Five Competition Winners

The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Pearl & Julius Young Music Competition. Click through for more info.

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