Youth Artist Competition

The DCO proudly presents its 2018 Youth Artist Competition winner! He will be featured as soloist on our May 6 concert.


Yoav Hayut



Yoav Hayut, 18, is a senior at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School. Yoav began his violin studies at the age of 7 after a year of nagging his parents to play the high-sounding instrument that caught his attention at an orchestra concert. He studied at the Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly, New Jersey where he took part in many opportunities, such as masterclasses with Avi Kavafian and Joseph Lin, playing and composing music for his piano trio, and more. In 2014, he won the school’s concerto competition and performed the Bach Violin Concerto in A minor. His teachers included Bela Horvath and Nurit Pacht. In 2014, he was part of a violin quartet that earned the chance to play Vivaldi’s Concerto for 4 Violins at Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Youth concert. Soon after, he moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, a place that has had a most positive impact on his life. He’s been a member of the Pioneer High School Symphony Orchestra, occasionally serving as concertmaster. He still enjoys playing chamber music, and has performed works including the Mendelssohn Octet, Debussy Quartet, and the Shostakovich Quartet No. 8. He served as the leader of the Pioneer Chamber Orchestra (PCO) in his junior year. He and the other section leaders of PCO joined Orchestra director Mr. Jonathan Glawe to a music education conference in Stockholm, Sweden. That trip was one of several experiences that led Yoav to pursue a degree in Music Education, something he hopes will give him the best avenue to share his love for music and helping others. This is not the first time Yoav will be working with Dexter Music Director Anthony Elliot. He has played under Professor Elliot’s baton in Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra for 3 years. This past year he served as MYSO concertmaster, performing works such as Copland’s Billy the Kid Suite, Michael Daugherty’s Red Cape Tango, and the extremely rigorous Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. He thanks Professor Elliot for this immense honor and is glad to play with him again before going to college. Yoav would like to thank his parents, who even in the face of skepticism and exhaustive schedules continued to support him and his interests. He would like to thank his brother, 2017 Dexter Youth Competition winner Alon Hayut, who when Yoav isn’t focusing on work and music, is one of his best friends and endures countless puns and annoyances. He’d like to thank his current private teachers, Professor Stephen Shipps and Mallory Bray, who without their support, he would not be here able to play one of his favorite concertos for you. He would like to thank Mr. Jonathan Glawe for the many opportunities and mentorship he’s given throughout the years. And finally, he’d like to thank all his friends and peers, who give him the strength to face every new day with determination and hope.

About the Youth Artist Competition

The Dexter Community Orchestra holds an annual Youth Artist Competition. Winners receive a $300 prize and the opportunity to perform a concerto movement with the orchestra.

This competition is open to middle school and high school piano, band, orchestra, or vocal students who reside in the school districts of Dexter, Whitmore Lake, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Manchester, Pinckney, Milan, South Lyon, Brighton, Lincoln Consolidated Schools, and Tecumseh. This includes public, private, and home-schooled students.

Recording submission deadlines are in February, and the winner is featured in our May concert.

Here is a list of past winners.

For questions about the Youth Artist Competition, please contact youthartist@dextercommunityorchestra.org.