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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

2024 Competitions

Space is limited to 30 competitors in each competition.  Register now to secure your place.  Please visit our FAQ page for frequently asked questions.

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2023 Results

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. 

Emily Damasco

2023 Vocal Winners!

1st Place:

Emily Damasco, Soprano, Curtis Institute of Music 

2nd Place:

Yvette Keong, Soprano, Manhattan School of Music

Tied for 3rd Place:
Yixuan Li, Soprano, Mannes School Of Music
Kylie Kreucher, Soprano, Oberlin Conservatory


Honorable Mention:

Jorie Clark, Soprano, Millikin University


Yvette Keong

Yixuan Li.jpeg

Kylie Kreucher


Jorie Clark

Yixuan Li

Trio Matisse

Trio Matisse
Nickolas Hamblin     Benjamin Penzner     Ariya Laothitipong

2023 Instrumental Winners!

1st Place 
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

Honorable Mention
Aidan Ervin, Percussion, Truman State University
Zhengyi Huang, Piano, University of Michigan
Kayla Bryan, Violin, Cleveland Institute of Music


HaEun Yang

HaEun Yang

Jonathon Gavin Nickell

Jonathon Gavin Nickell

Aidan Ervin

Aidan Ervin

Zhengyi Huang

Zhengyi Huang

Kayla Bryan

Kayla Bryan

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.   

Donate Today!
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