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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

2023 Competitions

The Instrumental Competition has reached the maximum number of participants.  Please contact us here to be added to our wait list.  If a participant is unable to submit all materials by the deadline, you will have the opportunity to be added to the competition.

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

  • 2023 Instrumental Competition
    Sat, Mar 25
    Virtual via YouTube Video Submission
    Mar 25, 6:00 PM CDT
    Virtual via YouTube Video Submission
    The 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 18, 2023. Limited to 30 participants. Judging will be complete and results published on Saturday March 25, 2023.
  • 2023 Vocal Competition
    Sat, Apr 22
    Virtual via YouTube Video Submission
    Apr 22, 6:00 PM
    Virtual via YouTube Video Submission
    2023 SIYAO Vocal Competition is open to soloists. Video submissions due Saturday April 15, 2023. Limited to 30 Contestants. Judging will be complete and results published on Saturday April 22, 2023.

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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