12th Navaroli Young Musicians Competition
2019 - 2020

2018 Winner



South Valley Symphony announces the 12th Annual Competition for talented young musicians.

As of October 24th, aspiring young musicians residing and/or training in southern Santa Clara (south of Bernal Road), San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties.  The 1st place winner of this competition will perform as featured soloist with South Valley Symphony during the March Concert, scheduled for 7:30 pm Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Gavilan College Theater in Gilroy. The Navaroli Competition is open to strings, winds and brass instruments, piano and voice.

The purpose of the competition is to encourage young musicians to develop their talent and skill, to motivate them with a chance to perform before a live audience with symphonic accompaniment, and to reward and honor them for their achievements and dedication.

How to Apply
Download the 12th Navaroli Youth Competition Rules-Application (pdf). Each application form must be accompanied by a 15 minute CD recording of the Contestant’s performance of their chosen musical piece (or a representative selection thereof), submitted for pre-screening purposes.  Following pre-screening, all contestants will be notified as to whether they qualify for formal audition in person.

NOTE TO CONTESTANTS who are already members of a Bay Area Youth Orchestra. It is VERY important that you verify in advance with your Conductor/Music Director that you will be allowed to perform with South Valley Symphony should you be selected. This will include two Wednesday night rehearsals in Gilroy (7:30-10:00) on February 26th, 2020, and March 4th, 2020; a Dress Rehearsal on Friday,  March 6 th, 2020 (7:15-9:45) and the Performance on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 6:30pm (Orchestra call time).

If such participation is not allowed by your Youth Orchestra, then you should not apply to this Competition.

Please check the following Important Dates and direct any questions to Gege Bencich  via email: gegebencichSVS@gmail.com.

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South Valley Symphony wishes to acknowledge and thank the Morgan Hill Rotary club on their generous gift of a grant to help replace some of our aging equipment. Many students will benefit as well by using our equipment in their music programs. Thank you Morgan Hill Rotary.