Peter Perret Youth Talent Search

Each year the Winston-Salem Symphony conducts a talent search to identify gifted and accomplished young musicians. Maestro Peter Perret, conductor emeritus of the Winston-Salem Symphony, established the competition as a means of helping to develop young talent, and as a way of recognizing and supporting the teachers and families of musically gifted students.

Participation in the competition also provides students with information and motivation to continue their musical studies. Many have gone on to become professional musicians, including the winner of the very first Peter Perret Youth Talent Search, who is now a member of the New York Philharmonic.

Rules and Regulations

Applicants compete in two age categories:
Junior Level: ages 8 – 12
Senior Level: ages 13 – senior year of high school
Note: age as of first day of preliminary competition; proof of age required on the day of the competition

First, second, and third place winners will be named from each age group. First place winners will be invited to perform with the Winston-Salem Symphony on the upcoming Concert for Community on Saturday, May 7, 2016. (No ties will be awarded; Judges reserve the right to not award any prizes)

First Place Cash Award— $250
Second Place Cash Award— $150
Third Place Cash Award— $100

Application Procedure and Deadlines:

A $30 registration fee ($20 for each additional sibling), must be brought to the preliminary competition. Arrangements for financial assistance must be made prior to the audition. If you are in need of financial assistance, please specify on the registration form, and arrangements can be discussed.
Proof of North Carolina residency may be required.

Registration is now closed.


A movement from a concerto is recommended, but other pieces suitable for orchestra are possible. Applicants must provide three (3) copies of music for the judges at the time of the competition. Pieces that are more than 10 minutes in length will need to be cut to fit the allotted time, both in the audition and for the concert performance, should the applicant win.


Applicants are required to provide their own accompanists. Accompanist recommendations can be obtained from the Symphony.


  • All auditions must be performed from memory.
  • Auditions are scheduled in 10 minute segments and competitors will be stopped if the length of the composition exceeds 10 minutes.
  • Applicants cannot win more than once in the same age category.
  • No more than eight applicants per age category will advance to the Finals.
  • After the competition, applicants will receive written results of the competition and feedback from the judges.
  • All decisions are final and may not be appealed.

Dates and Locations

Preliminary Round:
Saturday, January 30, 2016  |  Noon – 6pm
Crawford Hall
UNC School of the Arts
Winston Salem, NC

Sunday, January 31, 2016  | Noon – 6pm
Raleigh/Durham area, NC

Final Round:
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Crawford Hall
UNC School of the Arts
Winston Salem, NC

Venue Directions

Crawford Hall

UNC School of the Arts
1533 South Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC

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Crawford Hall is on the second floor of the Gray Building, near the south end of campus.

A parking lot located directly behind Gray Building and the lots on de Mille Drive, both accessible from the Chapel Street entrance, are available for Crawford performances. The Chapel Street entrance is marked by brick columns (beside the Creative Learning Center) ; follow the signs to your left as you come in the entrance.

Carswell Concert Hall

Meredith College
3800 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC

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Carswell Concert Hall is located on the east side of campus.

From the main entrance off Hillsborough Street, follow Main Campus Drive around the traffic circle, continue on Main Campus and turn right onto East Campus Drive. Carswell Concert Hall adjoins the curve. Parking is available directly across East Campus Drive from the concert hall.


Please contact Jessica Morel at

Preliminary Round:
Saturday, January 30, 2016  |  Noon – 6pm
Winston-Salem, NC

Sunday, January 31, 2016  | Noon – 6pm
Raleigh/Durham area, NC

Final Round:
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Winston-Salem, NC

Registration is now closed.

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