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
Space is limited to 30 competitors in each competition. Register now to secure your place. Please visit our FAQ page for frequently asked questions.
- Sat, Mar 16Virtual via YouTube Video SubmissionMar 16, 2024, 8:00 AM CDTVirtual via YouTube Video SubmissionMar 16, 2024, 8:00 AM CDTVirtual via YouTube Video SubmissionThe instrumental competition is open to soloists and small ensembles (duets, trios, quartets, quintets, a maximum six members in a group). Video submissions due Saturday March 9, 2024. Limited to 30 participants. Judging will be complete and results published on Saturday March 16, 2024.
- Sat, Apr 20Virtual via YouTube Video SubmissionApr 20, 2024, 8:00 AMVirtual via YouTube Video Submission
The SIYAO Board of Directors would like to thank all 2023 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.
2023 Vocal Winners!
Emily Damasco, Soprano, Curtis Institute of Music
Yvette Keong, Soprano, Manhattan School of Music
Tied for 3rd Place:
Yixuan Li, Soprano, Mannes School Of Music
Kylie Kreucher, Soprano, Oberlin Conservatory
Jorie Clark, Soprano, Millikin University
Nickolas Hamblin Benjamin Penzner Ariya Laothitipong
2023 Instrumental Winners!
Trio Matisse, University of Michigan
Nickolas Hamblin, Clarinet
Benjamin Penzner, Viola
Ariya Laothitipong, Piano
2nd Place Tie
HaEun Yang, Piano, Eastman School of Music
Jonathon Gavin Nickell, Saxophone, University of Missouri, Kansas City
Aidan Ervin, Percussion, Truman State University
Zhengyi Huang, Piano, University of Michigan
Kayla Bryan, Violin, Cleveland Institute of Music
Jonathon Gavin Nickell
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.