John Leatherwood Concerto Competition

The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra hosts an annual Concerto Competition for youth from 17 North Florida counties. The competition is held each October with finals in November.

Winners are selected to perform alongside Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra in the annual “Stars Of Tomorrow” concert at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center’s Main Stage.

Finalists are eligible to win cash prizes from $500 to $1,500.  This event would not be possible without the financial support provided by the NFSO Guild and designated donations.

Winners of the 2018-2019 Stars of Tomorrow Competition


College Division: Undergraduate College Students up to age 23
Senior Division: Students in Grades 9 to 12
Junior Division: Students through Grade 8
The competition is open to performers of orchestral instruments, keyboard, and voice who (or if
dependent, whose parents) maintain a legal residence in Northwest Florida in the following
Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Calhoun, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Escambia,
Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon,
Liberty, Madison, Nassau, Okaloosa, Putnam, Santa Rosa, St. Johns, Suwannee, Taylor, Union,
Wakulla, Walton, Washington.

Information about the 2023 Competition: Flyer & Application for Competition

Contact Lynne Fehrenbach, Competition Director: [email protected]