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A Competition Where the Prizes Can Last a Lifetime

Supercharge your musical career by entering the Yamaha Young Performing Artists competition.

How would you like to have the opportunity to perform in front of thousands of students and music educators, participate in workshops designed to launch a professional music career, and receive national press coverage – along with a recording and photos of your live performance?

Here’s your chance: The application process for the 2020 Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) competition is now open!

Between now and December 18, 2019, if you’re a musician studying in the United States and are between the ages of 18 and 22 (at the time of application), you can apply to the prestigious program, which has been recognizing outstanding young musicians from the worlds of classical, jazz and contemporary music for three decades. Applications will be considered for piccolo, flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, mallet or concert percussion, drums, violin, viola, cello, upright bass and piano.

The ten winners will be invited to attend an all-expense-paid trip to the YYPA Celebration Weekend, held at the Music for All Summer Symposium. They will also enjoy many of the privileges of a Yamaha Artist, including services and communication with Yamaha Artist Relations.

Since the inception of the program in 1988, Yamaha has set dozens of young artists on track toward long, successful careers as both performers and educators.

“I absolutely loved my time as a 2008 YYPA winner,” reports Conrad Jones, who is now principal trumpet of the Indianapolis Symphony. “Soloing for such a large and enthusiastic audience really helped me develop a sense of what it takes to handle the ‘hot seat.’”

Echoing that sentiment is Patrick Bartley, a Grammy-nominated saxophonist, composer and bandleader who won the saxophone category in 2015. “The YYPA weekend was truly, and unexpectedly, the most inspiring three days I’ve ever had,” he says. “Coming into it, you think it’s just going to be another camp-like experience with some good players. But then you realize just how serious everyone is about wanting to see you grow and flourish. They’re like family. By the end of the weekend, I felt mentally prepared to build my career.”

Don’t wait – December 18 will be here before you know it!

For more information about the Yamaha Young Performing Artists program, click here.

For full details about applying to the 2020 YYPA competition, click here.

To view the competition Official Rules, click here.


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