Are you a 15-18 year old classical musician?

Apply to YoungArts' national arts competition. 

Applications open spring 2018.

Classical Music

Classical Music is open to orchestral instrumentalists, pianists, and composers. The strongest auditions demonstrate excellence in the craft of playing or writing, the ability to reveal the nuances of each work, versatility, and a truly personal style.

Why Apply

  • Receive up to $10,000 in cash awards

  • Take master classes with accomplished musicians and composers such as Joshua Bell, Richard Danielpour, Dave Eggar, Stephen Hartke, Christian Hebel, Elizabeth Roe, William Short, Conrad Tao, and Michael Tilson Thomas

  • Become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts

  • Receive a lifetime of mentoring and professional support

  • Connect to educational and artistic development opportunities

AM I ELIGIBLE

To apply to YoungArts, artists must be:

  • A citizen of the United States or permanent resident/green card recipient (copy of documentation is required in the application)

  • 15-18 years of age or in grades 10-12 on December 1, 2017

Please also note that Finalists who have previously attended YoungArts Week are not eligible to apply in any discipline/category.  We encourage these artists to participate in alumni programming.  Please contact [email protected]garts.org to find out more.

How To Apply

  • ​Review the requirements in the category you want to apply in

  • Prepare the required submission materials

  • Complete the application on Acceptd, an online application tool

  • ​Pay the $35 application fee or get a fee waiver.

    • Fee waivers are available to qualified applicants, which will cover the entire cost of your application fee. To receive a fee waiver, you must upload required documentation (please see below). In order to successfully SUBMIT an application for review, these documents must be uploaded in the Payment section of the application prior to the October 13, 2017, 11:59pm EST deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS. One of the following documents is required for your fee to be waived:
      • An approved ACT or SAT testing fee waiver or NACAC College Application Fee waiver form.
      • Document that states you participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).
      • Document from a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
      • Letter from a teacher, guidance counselor or other school official stating that you qualify for and receive financial aid.
  • Click SUBMIT by the deadline.