Concerto Competition

Samuel Fordis Young Artists Concerto Competition

Named in honor of former concertmaster and cherished colleague Sam Fordis, the annual Georgia Philharmonic Young Artists Concerto Competition invites the next generation of great musicians to establish their place in musical history! In our first concert of every calendar year, we feature several outstanding young musicians from Georgia* in concert with the orchestra. Concert laureates are selected by audition in the late fall for this opportunity for a premiere performance with the Georgia Philharmonic.

Details about entering may be found in the application for our 2018-2019 Concerto Competition. The $50 entry fee may be paid below or by check.
Application deadline:Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.
Finals competition: Sunday, November 18, 2018
Concert laureates perform:     Saturday, February 16, 2019


*String, Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion musicians who reside or attend school in the state of Georgia (new requirement this year)

Fordis Samuel Fordis (July 21, 1921 - March 17, 2010)

Samuel Fordis, Hazzan and violinist, had a lifelong passion for music, studying violin with Branislaw Gimpel and Abram Shtern. After leaving the Army Air Corp Orchestra, he became a recording artist for Universal Studios. He served as concertmaster of the Palisades Symphony, Brentwood-Westwood Symphony and three orchestras in Georgia. He also played with the Santa Monica Symphony. As Hazzan, he served Valley Beth Shalom, Burbank Temple Emanu El, Adat Shalom and other synagogues. He trained many Cantors who serve around the U.S. and Canada. Sam was concertmaster of the Georgia Philharmonic for many years and his passion and love of music lives on with the orchestra.

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