The Piedmont Symphony Orchestra offers a new Educational/Outreach program designed for Middle and High School students enrolled in Public or Private music programs in Fauquier County,  VA.  The PSO Music Mentors residency program aims to directly support the music teachers and programs of the county, by offering hands-on visiting residencies to their programs.  This program was limited to Strings programs only for its first four years.  In 2018, the program was expanded to the Band programs in the county through an Educational Partnership with the Capital Wind Symphony. Our seasoned Clinicians build positive mentoring relationships with students, and encourage their progress along the way.  As a part of its Educational mission, the PSO offers these comprehensive residencies at no cost to the Host School Music Programs.  Participating students will be considered for the PSO Mentoring Pathways, which gives select students the unique opportunity to rehearse and perform in one of the PSO’s season concerts. 

To inquire about a residency at your school, please CONTACT US.

The PSO and Educational Partners, The Capital Wind Symphony, present the launch of its new Band Music Mentoring program in Fauquier County Public Schools (2018).


This competition is open to student instrumentalists (piano, strings, winds, or percussion) under the age of 19 as of February 15, 2020 and a resident of one of the following Virginia counties: Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, King George, Madison, Orange, Prince William, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, Stafford, or Warren (or independent cities within those counties). Current PSO student musicians are eligible to enter. Students who have been a first-place winner in a previous PSO or PRO Young Artist Competition are NOT eligible to enter. Only one application per student is allowed.

Required repertoire: one movement of any instrumental piece composed for solo instrument (piano, strings, winds, or percussion) and orchestra. The piece must be either in the public domain in the United States or available to rent or buy for less than $300. For help in determining if your piece is appropriate, contact Debbie Gilbert at   

Entry deadline: must be postmarked no later than October 8, 2019 and received no later than October 12, 2019 To enter, send a high-quality CD (preferably in mp3 format) consisting of the required repertoire played by the instrumentalist with piano accompaniment, plus the audition form, photo/video release form and the $35.00 non-refundable audition fee to Debbie Gilbert, 5118 Laurel Lane, Broad Run, VA 20137. (Pianists are not required to play with piano accompaniment.) Make checks payable to Piedmont Symphony Orchestra.” Label CDs with name of instrumentalist, school and title of piece. DO NOT send video recordings.

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