Encouraging excellence in the arts

Since 2004, SIYAO has provided the opportunity for young artists to compete in annual vocal and instrumental competitions in the St. Louis metro-east area.
Competitors receive  feedback on their performance from music professionals and the chance to win generous monetary prizes ranging from $250 - $1000.

Each competition is limited to 30 participants.  Competitors must be between the ages of twenty and thirty years of age on the date of the competition.

"Thank you very much for the opportunity to perform at the the 2018 competition! I had a great experience and enjoyed the performance."  

~ Joanne Chang

2022 Results

The SIYAO Board of Directors would like to thank all 2022 contestants for a very successful competition. 

The judges were most impressed with the extraordinary level of performance this year and wish to congratulate all participants, especially during the pandemic.  They wish to encourage you to continue in your pursuit of instrumental artistry and musicianship. 
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2022 Vocal Winners:

1st Place:
Naomi Brigell, Mezzo Soprano, University of Houston

Tied for 2nd Place:
Shaina Martinez, Soprano, Manhattan School of Music
Ian Pathak, Tenor, University of Michigan 

2022 Instrumental Winners:

1st Place:
Yang Zhou, Saxophone, Truman State University

Tied for 2nd Place:
Amer Hasan, Clarinet, Oberlin College
Hyeseon Jin, Piano, Indiana University
Honorable Mention:
Dongwon Shin, Piano, Indiana University
Anthony Kandilaroff, Flute 

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Competition Photos

Support SIYAO

Founded in 2003, SIYAO is a publicly funded organization and depends on the financial generosity of music lovers to provide these opportunities to young performers striving to refine their skills.  Your contribution and support of our mission is greatly appreciated by the organization and by the competitors.   

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