Youth Artist Competition

The DCO proudly presents its 2017 Youth Artist Competition winner! He will be featured as soloist on our May 7 concert.


Alon Hayut



Alon Hayut, 15, is a 10th grader at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor. Alon began his cello studies with Yari Bond at the Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly, NJ. Amongst his many accomplishments during his 6 years of study at Thurnauer include becoming the 2012-2013 Thurnauer Concerto Competition winner playing the first movement of the Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major. He won accolades for his work in his piano trio, became a member of the Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra starting in his 3rd year, and had won entrance year after year into the highly competitive and prestigious annual cello master classes, learning from many prominent teachers including Fred Sherry, Bonnie Hampton, Steven Doane, Colin Carr and Eric Bartlett. Alon, as a 7th grader, was the assistant principal cello of the InterSchool Symphony Orchestra in NYC with whom he traveled to Scotland during the summer 2014 to participate in the Aberdeen Youth Arts Festival. Since moving to Ann Arbor, Alon is privileged to study with Horacio Contreras at the String Preparatory Academy at the University of Michigan. There, he also has had the privilege of participating in master classes with Anthony Elliott, Richard Aaron and Wei Yu, the principal cello of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. As a 9^th grader, Alon became principal cello of the Pioneer Symphony Orchestra. He just completed his third year as a member of the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra and this year was seated as co-principal cello. Alon has spent the past several summers studying music, attending the Junior Session of the Kinhaven School of Music summer program for 2 years and Center Stage Strings, which he looks forward to attending again for the third summer since moving to Ann Arbor.

This has been a very exciting and eventful year for Alon. In November, Alon, as a co-winner of the Ann Arbor Camerata concerto competition, had the opportunity to perform the Lalo Cello Concerto for the first time with an orchestra. In December he traveled to Stockholm, Sweden with a small contingent from Ann Arbor including his orchestra teacher, Jonathan Glawe, and 3 other members of the Pioneer Symphony to participate in a special forum on the importance of music education in our schools. In January, Alon participated in the All State High School Orchestra. Just recently, Alon was the co-third place winner of the Rosalie Edwards Music Competition.

Alon was a finalist in the Dexter Community Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2015 and is very excited to be back this year as the winner and have the opportunity to perform with Professor Elliott and the Orchestra.

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.