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Lakeland Civic Orchestra announces young artist competition

Posted: April 8, 2022

The Lakeland Civic Orchestra announces its 2022 Young Artists Concerto Competition. The competition is annual event that allows young musicians, ages 18 and under, to compete for the opportunity to perform as instrumental or vocal soloists with the Lakeland Civic Orchestra in one of their concerts slated for the 2022-2023 academic year. The concerts take place in the 420-seat Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center on the campus of Lakeland Community College. The college is located at 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland, Ohio.

Applications must be submitted by April 22, 2022, and winners will be announced by May 31, 2022. There is no application fee, but no more than two students of any private teacher may audition. The application and more information can be found at Young Artist Concerto Competition.

For this competition, performers will compete in two age-divisions: the junior division (ages 13 and under) and senior division (ages 14-18). Performers should be prepared to perform a live audition on the evening of Monday, May 16, 2022, on the piece they plan to perform with the orchestra, with piano accompaniment provided by the performer. Total audition length is limited to 12 minutes, but if willing and able, larger works may be programmed on the concert.

The Young Artist Concerto Competition was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, and auditions for the 2021 competition were submitted as videos and judged remotely, so 2022 marks the return to live auditions. Previous competition winners have included members of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, Ohio Music Education Association All-State Orchestra, and winners of Ohio Music Teachers Association competitions and the Cooper International Competition. They have continued their studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music, the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Kent State University, Rice University, Northwestern University and many others.

Contact Jeri Lynn Pilarczyk in the Arts and Sciences Division at 440.525.7261 or email with questions.


The Lakeland Civic Orchestra is the oldest of Lakeland Community College’s musical ensembles, with roots in the Lake County Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1937 by Lorna Nighman, and the Willoughby Community Orchestra, founded in 1950 by Charles Ruddick. Since becoming a part of Lakeland Community College in 1970, the orchestra performs four concerts annually, and rehearses Monday evenings on Lakeland’s Main Campus from August through May. Orchestra members come from many different backgrounds, from passionate amateurs to professional musicians seeking additional performance opportunities, and from ages 14 to 80. Lakeland students may earn one college credit per semester for their participation, with transfer opportunities available to many Ohio colleges and universities.


Lakeland Community College provides community members the opportunity to express and advance their talents by performing in five music groups: the Lakeland Civic Band, the Lakeland Civic Chorus, the Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra, the Lakeland Civic Flute Choir, and the Lakeland Civic Orchestra.Additionally, the college offers talented high school students Jazz Impact, an all-star high school music group. Lakeland Community College is also home to the Lakeland Jazz Festival, the oldest jazz festival of its type in the state of Ohio, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022.

For more information about the civic music groups and auditions, contact Jeri Lynn Pilarczyk in the Arts and Sciences Division at 440.525.7261 or email


For more than 50 years, Lakeland Community College has impacted thousands of lives through learning. Founded in 1967, Lakeland was the first college in Ohio created by a vote of the people. True to its mission, the college provides quality learning opportunities to nearly 8,000 credit students to meet the needs of the community at its campus in Kirtland and online.

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, Lakeland offers more than 140 associate degree and certificate programs that may lead to high-demand careers or transfer to four-year institutions. The college also provides access to bachelor’s, graduate and doctorate degrees along with certificates and endorsements, as well as lifelong learning opportunities, on campus through the Holden University Center of Lakeland, in partnership with 12 four-year institutions.

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