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Outstanding Young Artist Competition

Outstanding Young Artist Competition

(Winds, Strings, Percussion, Organ, Piano and Voice)
Application Deadline: January 18, 2019 to February 9, 2019
Recital Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 3:00 PM, Auditorium at Kirkland Village

Each spring the Friends of Music holds a competition for Outstanding Young Artist. Music students up to the age of 19 (or 20 for vocal students) who reside or study in the Lehigh Valley region are eligible.

The winner of the competition is given the opportunity to perform in a formal, 25 minute public recital. The Outstanding Young Artist will receive a cash award. In the event that more than one outstanding performer is chosen, the judges may recommend a joint recital, not to exceed 25 minutes of playing time for each performer. All performers will be given cash awards.

Our goal is to motivate and educate young performers. Thus, all participants of the competition receive written evaluations from the judges, chosen from area music educators and performers.

The winner(s) will be presented in a formal, public recital at the Auditorium at Kirkland Village.

Enter the Competition

Participants must not be over 19 years of age (voice students 20) as of the Application Deadline and must reside or study in the LehighValley region. Teachers or coaches of applicants do not need to be contributing members of the Friends of Music, although they are strongly encouraged to join the organization. (See information on our website under Becoming a Contributor.)

Performers who wish to audition must be prepared to present a 25-minute program, selected from the standard classical repertoire. Memorization is strongly encouraged but not required. A short encore should be available. Auditions will be in a location as announced. Vocal and instrumental students must provide their own accompanists. Audition times will be assigned upon receipt of application. Artists will receive written evaluations from the judges.

The judges may reject all applicants if, in their opinion, no competitor is qualified. The decision of the judges is final.

For further information please contact Sara George, Competition Chairperson at 610-437-6000, x 2101 (daytime). Email: primrose40@aol.com. To enter the competition, please complete the online application.

Additional information may be found in the Letter to Music Teachers. Be sure to view the Gallery page for information about our past winners.