HYMC 2021

Halton Young Musicians' Competition 2021

Message To Prospective Competitors

Welcome Musicians! 

Please find below, information for this year’s new competition. Due to the pandemic, the Oakville Chamber Orchestra’s (“OCO”) annual Youth Concerto Competition for the 2020-2021 season will be replaced by the “Halton Young Musicians’ Competition”. This competition will only be open to residents of Halton region. There will be one prize winner, who will be awarded $500. The winner of the competition and other select competitors, at OCO’s sole discretion, will also be featured on OCO’s various Social Media platforms, including the Orchestra’s YouTube channel. 
The competition will take place virtually and will consist of one round of competition. Competitors will submit a video of themselves playing an instrument or singing, for a minimum of five minutes. Solo or duet performances are welcomed. In the case of a winning duet performance, the $500 prize will be divided equally between both winners, each in the amount of $250. The deadline for applications and the submission of videos is March 31st, 2021 @ 11:59 P.M. EST.

Rules and Regulations

Applicants, please be sure you have read and understood all the rules and regulations stated below. For further inquiries, please reach out to us at mail@oakvillechamber.org.
Timing: Applications must be submitted by March 31st, 2021. Winner will be announced on April 16th, 2021.


OCO strives to recognize excellence in musical aptitude and achievement among young classical musicians.

  • Permanent resident of Canada;
  • Resident in the Region of Halton, i.e. Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Halton Hills;
  • Instrumentalists must have been born on or after January 1st, 1999;
  • Vocalists must have been born on or after January 1st, 1995;
  • Previous Oakville Youth Concerto Competition winners are permitted to re-apply this year; 

  • Vocalists must perform a suite of arias or a suite of art songs equivalent to at least 5-minutes of performance time, memorized;

  • Instrumentalists must perform a piece of at least 5-minutes of performance time, memorized. Competitors must arrange for their own accompanist;

  • The recording submitted must have been made after February 1, 2020.


Applicants may enter the competition with any music of their choice (adhering to the stated rules above). Any solo music is acceptable this year; it need not be a concerto.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 31st, 2021, 11:59 P.M. EST.
Click below to apply. 
Applicants must:

  • Submit the completed online application
  • Submit a video of themselves personally performing their piece. Solo music such as Bach Suites is eligible. However, music that the composer intended to have accompaniment, must be accompanied by a keyboard instrument. This includes piano concertos which must have 2nd piano accompaniment. We will allow the use of an audio recording for any accompaniment;

  • Pay a non-refundable processing fee of $25 CDN through PayPal on the application page;
  • Adhere to the rules stated in the “Audition Music” section;
  • Have completely reviewed and fully understand the rules and regulations;
  • Comply with eligibility criteria.

A panel of three professional musician judges, including the OCO’s Music Director, will review each application video and select the winning artist.
The jury will select the best three videos and the winner by April 16th, 2021. OCO will feature the performances of a select number of competitors, at the sole discretion of OCO, on OCO’s Social Media platforms beginning on April 13th, 2021.

The winner will be announced on April 16, 2021, at 5pm EST. The public’s response to the videos will have no bearing on the winner selection. By entry into the contest, the winner agrees that she/he will submit a hi-res photo and bio for the promotional use by OCO.

All monies received from applicants by way of a Processing Fee will be donated to Suite Melody Care, a volunteer, community organization. Suite Melody Care encourages talented, young musicians to give back to their communities by sharing themed, interactive performances with audiences in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and retirement residences.

Questions or Comments? Please contact us at mail@oakvillechamber.org

The Oakville Chamber Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Oakville Community Foundation, Optimist Club of Oakville, and the Oakville Arts Council.