The 2012

John Philip Sousa

National Young Artists Solo Competition



French Horn, Clarinet, Oboe, Trumpet and  Saxophone

   Administered by
The John Philip Sousa Foundation

 Supported by
Jupiter Band Instruments

To identify, recognize and honor outstanding high school French horn, clarinet, oboe, trumpet, and saxophone musicians who have demonstrated particularly significant high standards of excellence.


Students may submit the application no later than June 01, 2012.  Applicants must submit a typewritten letter with the applicant’s name, address with zip code, telephone number, school, grade, and email address.  It must also include a signed verification statement by the applicant’s band or orchestra director and a parental statement agreeing to appear, if selected as winner.

Adjudication will take place in June 2012 and the winner will be notified promptly.  DVD audition videos will be evaluated by a panel of five distinguished judges, each a respected professional of national reputation.  The prize will be an opportunity to perform a solo work with a major University or Military Band.  Jupiter Band Instruments will support all expenses associated with the winner’s solo performance.   From the winners in each instrumental category an overall SCHOLARSHIP WINNER will be selected.  Jupiter Band Instruments will present a $1000.00 scholarship to the winner, provided he/she chooses to enter college as a Music Education or Music Performance major.  All application forms, five (5) performance DVD’s and $25.00 registration fee should be submitted to the chair for each instrument listed below.

Please address all entries beginning with:

    The John Philip Sousa Foundation

Solo Horn

Scott Rush, chair
2828 Pyracantha Ct.
Mount Pleasant, SC  29466

Solo Clarinet

John Casagrande, Chair
13968 Real Quiet Ct.
Gainesville, Va  20155

Solo Trumpet

Robert Waugh, chair
School of Music
Indiana State Univesity
Terre haute, IN  47809

Solo Saxophone

Dale Underwood, chair
21519 SW 90th Ave.
Cutler Bay, FL 33189

Solo Oboe

Ann Adams, chair
308 Garfield Avenue
DeLand, FL  32724

Chesks should be made payable to the

John Phillips Sousa Foundation. 

You will find your National Young Artists Application located on the Homepage titled
National Young Artists App. 








The National Young Artists Solo Competition is open to high school students who will be seniors in the fall of 2012.   Competitors should perform two contrasting movements/sections from the following solo literature


Strauss    Concerto #1, Opus 11  
Mozart   Concerto 33 in Eb Major, K 447   
Mozart   Concerto #4 in Eb Major, K 495   
Dukas    Villanelle (complete)    


Messager       Solo de Concours (complete selection)
Saint-Saens   Sonata (two Contrasting Movements)
Von Weber    Concertino (complete selection)
Von Weber Concerto in Eb (two contrasting movements)


Mozart    Concerto for Oboe in C Major, K 314
Hummel Introduction, theme and Variations in F minor, Op. 2
Bellini    Concerto for Oboe in Eb
Weber Concerto in C Major


Perform two contrasting movements from one of the following pieces, with the exception being the Arban.

Haydn Concerto in Eb for Trumpet
Kennan Sonata for Trumpet
Arutunian Trumpet Concerto
J.B. Arban Variations of a Theme from Norma (Perform entire piece)


Smith, Claude Fantasia
Erickson Concerto
Creston Concerto, Movement 2 and 3
Whitney Introduction and Samba


The audition DVD must be a single unedited performance by the competitor and accompanist with out breaks, other than between movements of a composition.  The competer must be enrolled as a regular, full-time high school student and be a member of the school concert band or symphony orchestra at the time of the competition performance.  This would indicate that the audition video would be made no later than the spring of a students junior year in high school.  The jury may declare a “no winner” decision at its discretion.  In addition to recognizing the winner, the jury may also recognize several superior performances of outstanding merit.  Unless there is an objection from a  contestant, the Sousa Foundation will make the names of  participants available to college, universities and schools of music when requested by these institutions to do so.  Auditioned students will receive a certificate of participation as well as performance comments from the selection committee.


The award is administered by the John Philip Sousa Foundation and implemented by the executive committee.  The membership of the executive committee is presently as follows: 

Dr. Al G. Wright  Chairman of the Board

Mr. Douglas Harter   V.P. for Finance & Investment

Mr. Edward Lisk President and CEO

Mrs. Gladys Wright  V.P. for Development

Col. Lowell E. Graham  Vice President

Mr. Jay S. Gephart  Secretary-Treasurer

Mr. Robert E. Foster  V.P. for Administration

A complete listing of the Members of the Selection Committee
can be found on the

 National Young Artists App.