RIVERSIDE SYMPHONIA INVITES YOUNG MUSICIANS TO APPLY FOR 2020 CAPRIO COMPETITION
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
Bucks 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.