Mesabi Symphony Orchestra conducts a young artist competition in the spring of every year. Music students of high school and college age through age 25 are eligible to apply if they are US residents living with 130 miles of Virginia, Minnesota. Vocal, instrumental, and piano students may apply.
The application process entails submission of a digital recording, followed by an in-person audition before a panel of judges. Only the most qualified applicants are chosen to participate in the live auditions.
The two winners then perform with the orchestra at its October concert.
The winners of the 2018 competition are Emily Holter, soprano, a student at University of Minnesota – Duluth, and Emily VerWay, piano, a student at University of Wisconsin – Superior.