The competition is open to
Instrumentalists (ages 10-20) &
Vocalists (ages 14-23)

The South Coast Symphony’s Young STARS of the Future is the premiere performance competition and concert in Orange County. The South Coast Symphony is a nonprofit organization dedicated to performing a wide variety of orchestra literature from the Classics to Broadway with eclectic programming designed to entice, enlighten, delight and educate, while attracting a whole new generation of patrons.

The goal of the Young STARS of the Future Competition and Concert is to foster new, young talent residing or studying in Orange County, California. Winners of the competition are selected by a Jury of distinguished musicians. The criteria are exceptional talent, virtuosity, artistic individuality, projection as a performer, and promise. The musicians compete against a standard of excellence, not each other. There is a limit of three First Prize winners, and the Jury has the right to select none if none qualify.

Auditions are open this year for ALL ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTS and PIANO • HARP • VOICE  


First Prize Winners will receive $1000 and a performance with the South Coast Symphony.

The Young STARS of the Future Concert will take place on
Saturday Evening, January 20, 2024 at Coast Hills Auditorium in Aliso Viejo.


ROUND ONE: YouTube Auditions

Due Date: Friday, October 13, 2023

With your application you need to submit a link or links to your audition materials on YouTube of the highest quality possible. Please include your list of repertoire, and in which order.

ROUND TWO: Live Audition
Date: Saturday, November 18, 2023

Location: Trinity United Prebyterian Church in Santa Ana

Auditions are held during the day. Each applicant who is accepted for Round Two will be contacted via e-mail to set-up an audition time. Auditions last 15 minutes. Contestants must be prepared to perform all of the repertoire submitted. The Jury may request to hear entire selections or just specific sections of your repertoire. You must provide your own accompanist. Warm-up rooms will be provided.