Season 2019-2020

Caprio Competition




- Postponed to the fall-

Prizes for classical music students in NY, NJ and PA

The Riverside Symphonia, celebrating its 30th year in the Delaware Valley, is pleased to announce the 2020 Caprio Young Artists Competition will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2020 3:00pm at South Hunterdon Regional High School, 301 Mt. Airy-Harbourton Road, in Lambertville, NJ. The First Prize is $2000 and the opportunity to perform with the Riverside Symphonia and Maestro Marius Smolij; the Second Prize is $1000 and the Third Prize is $500. Classical music students (excluding keyboard) who live or study in New York, New Jersey or Pennsylvania and who will be no more than 22 years of age on May 2, 2020 are eligible to apply. The application and audition deadline is Sunday, March 1, 2020. 

The Caprio Young Artists Competition honors the life and legacy of John-Michael Caprio, Founding Music Director and Conductor of the Riverside Symphonia. He was the director of music for the Archdiocese of New York and Choir Director at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, NY. John-Michael encouraged and inspired people of all ages with his love of music.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; The Arts and Letters Foundation, New York, NY; and Barbara and Jay Belding, New Hope, PA.



2020 Application and Instructions


- Postponed to the fall-




pdfBucks County Herald 2016


Comments from Past Winners

“Winning the Caprio Competition was a very important milestone for me in the development of my musical life.  The competition provided me the opportunity to perform with a wonderful orchestra and conductor, and experience the kind of preparation this would demand of a performer.  It was a particularly special moment for me to play with the Riverside Symphonia in Lambertville since my grandparents have been long time residents of New Hope/Lambertville.  I feel very lucky to have had this privilege and am grateful for the opportunities that this organization is offering to young artists today.”
Denise Djokic, Cellist.  2000 First Prize Winner.  
Soloist, Teacher, Recording Artist.

“I have great memories of the Caprio competition!  Everyone in the organization was so welcoming and friendly during the process. Since the final round was open to the public and followed by a reception where the audience met the performers, the sense of community was a very positive experience.”
Clare Semes, Violinist, 2010 First Prize Winner.
Performer, Les Deux Violins; Graduate of the Juilliard School.
“Participating in the Caprio Young Artists Competition was a memorable experience during my undergraduate studies.  The competition served as a good performance goal to work towards, and the concert with the Riverside Symphonia was one of the first times that I had the opportunity to perform as soloist with a symphony orchestra. I learned a lot from these wonderful events and had fun as well.”
Jeremy Kurtz-Harris, Double Bass, 1998 First Prize Winner.
Principal Bassist, San Diego Symphony, Teacher, Recording Artist.

Caprio Young Artists Competition

Sharing their talents and passion for music, past prize winners are teaching and performing all over the world!
Find them on Google and YouTube. 

The Caprio Young Artists Competition was established in 1998 to honor the life and legacy of John-Michael Caprio, Founding Music Director and Conductor of The Riverside Symphonia.  The mission of the competition is to motivate, recognize, promote and support young musicians with an opportunity to perform with a professional orchestra and work with a world class conductor.  Preparing for a live competition and performing for a public audience are important steps in musical careers.  John-Michael Caprio dedicated his life to sharing enthusiasm and encouragement to help developing musicians, first as a teacher in New Jersey, and later as a choir director of Ars Nova and music director at Church of the Resurrection, Rye, NY.  His passion for music and ability to organize large-scale projects led to appointments as Choir Director at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, NY, NY and Director of Liturgical Music for the Archdiocese of New York.  His many accomplishments are recorded in a chapter of the book “Fifth Avenue Famous: The Extraordinary Story of Music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral”.


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