Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra

Ruth Kern Young Artists Concerto Competition

The 47th Annual Ruth Kern Young Artists Concerto Competition Winners Concert will be held on Sunday, May 21st, 2023.

Important Dates:

  • February 28, 2023 – Application Submission Deadline
  • March 14, 2023 – Notification of Finals Auditions
  • March 25, 2023 – Finals Auditions with Live Judges Panel
  • March 28, 2023 – Notification of Winners
  • May 20, 2023 – Dress Rehearsal
  • May 21, 2023 – Winners Concert

Ruth Kern was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and moved to Atlanta just after graduation. She always said she was looking for a place that had the potential for growth.   As a music educator in the Atlanta Public School System for 32 years, Ruth touched the lives of hundreds of young people, many of whom became musicians themselves, performing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Community Orchestra.  She became a member of the Atlanta Music Club (AMC) and along with Ruth Dabney Allen and Senta Hutcheson, organized the Atlanta Community Orchestra, now the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra.  This was the second orchestra founded by the AMC, the first being the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Ruth Kern was one of the most dedicated musicians of Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, playing in the viola section well into her eighties, at which time she returned to her native Ohio.  She left us with an indelible impression of how things should be in a community orchestra and was adamant about performing free concerts for the public.  She was an exemplar of the love of music and how music can influence and shape youth in so many positive ways.  It is because of her professionalism, faithfulness, and devotion to Greater Atlanta, this community orchestra, and her love for young people, that this concert series was named in her honor. Every year, winners are given the opportunity to perform as solo artists with the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra.

For more Information please contact:

Rachel Bender, Chair of the Board
Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra