The Florence Frager Young Artist Competition, which started in the mid-1970s and was named after a member’s mother in 1993, has allowed the Civic to support young talent in the community and showcase them with a full symphonic orchestra for over 40 years.

Information for Applicants

Qualifications – An applicant shall:

  • Be a senior high school student in grades 9-12.
  • Be an orchestral instrumentalist (except piano.)
  • Complete the above application.
  • Reside within a 150-mile radius of St. Louis

Auditions – An applicant shall:

  • Perform from memory a movement from a work in the advanced concert repertoire that is scored for orchestral accompaniment.
  • Audition for ten minutes maximum
  • Supply an accompanist.
  • Bring two copies of the music for the judges without any names on the copies.


The judges shall choose no more than three winners. The winner(s) shall receive an honorarium and perform as soloist(s) with the St. Louis Civic Orchestra at its scholarship concert at the William D. Purser Center at Logan College, at 1851 Schoettler Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017. The date is April 24 at 3:00 pm.

Application Procedure

For information, email or call Daniel Shavers at (314) 679-0291.

Click Here for the 2021-2022 Florence Frager Young Artist Competition Application.

Applicants should submit the application either:

  1. Send to:
    St. Louis Civic Orchestra
    P.O. Box 410053
    St. Louis, MO 63141
  2. Email to