Young Artists Competition

Overview

The Young Artists Competition is our oldest project and is a concerto competition for area secondary school musicians, ages 12 to 18. It was established in 1955 in partnership with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

This year, the Competition will unfold in two phases a preliminary round via video submissions, and a final round via live performance. Both components will be adjudicated by the same panel of judges selected from the Carolinas region.


Eligibility:

You are eligible to enter the competition if your permanent home address is in Mecklenburg or contiguous counties (Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Union in North Carolina, and Lancaster and York in South Carolina)

Advanced Level:  Open to ages 12-18*
Intermediate Level: Open to ages 12-15*
*as of September 1, 2019; must still be in secondary school for the 2019-2020 school year.

Grand Prize Winners from previous years are not eligible to compete in the same Level. Entrants may compete on only one instrument each year.


Cost: $35 per application*


How to Enter:

Please read all the information provided including Eligibility, Entry Instructions and Awards, complete the application form, including the online links to the two required segments listed below and submit the $35 entry fee where indicated.

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Entry Videos

All applicants are required to record a video performance segment which must be recorded in one take with no editing (though you may select the best of several takes). All videos must be recorded within six months of the application deadline. The solo piece can be any work, movement/section of a longer work from the approved repertoire list which will be a minimum of five, and no more than ten, minutes in duration. A work with piano accompaniment, where applicable, is strongly preferred.


Artistic Statement:

Submit a written artistic statement with your application, uploaded as a pdf file with your application. The artistic statement should be between 500 and 750 words in length. A $100 cash merit award will be given to one applicant whose artistic statement stands out to the committee.

Please refer to our Video and Artistic Statement Guidelines for additional information and suggestions for both musical and written submissions.


Timetable/Deadlines:

September 15, 2019  Application webpage opens (will include space for YouTube submission uploads)
October 31, 2019 Repertoire, if other than listed, approval deadline (extended from Sep 1)
December 1, 2019 Online application and musical submission closed, judging begins
December 20, 2019 Judges complete selection of 12 finalists from all categories for each division
January 4, 2020 All category finalists will be notified
February 8, 2020 Final round to select Award winners will take place on February 8th at Christ Lutheran Church

If you have any scheduling requests, please email YAC@symphonyguildcharlotte.org. The week prior to the final competition, finalists will be notified of their exact performance time.


Awards

Advanced Level:
Contestants will compete in one of two Divisions the Orchestral Instruments Division or the Open Division (which would include keyboards, voice, guitar or any other non-orchestral instrument for which there is symphonic accompaniment available). A panel of judges will adjudicate the submissions via two rounds of judging: Round 1: video submission and Round 2: live performance for which six finalists will be chosen across the two Divisions.
 
Grand Prize Winner (1): will receive a monetary award of $500 and will perform with the Charlotte Symphony in a Family Series concert in early spring 2020.
 
Honorable Mention Winners (2): one will be selected from each Division; will receive a monetary award of $250 and will be acknowledged from the stage at a Family Series concert in early spring 2020.
 
Intermediate Level:
Contestants will complete in one of two Divisions the Orchestral Instruments Division or the Open Division (which would include keyboards, voice, guitar or any other non-orchestral instrument for which there is symphonic accompaniment repertoire). A panel of judges will adjudicate the submissions via two rounds of judging Round 1: video submission and Round 2: live performance for which six finalists will be chosen across the two Divisions.
 
Grand Prize Winner (1): will receive a monetary award of $250 and will be acknowledged from the stage at a Family Series concert in early spring 2020.
 
Honorable Mention Winner (1): will receive a monetary award of $125 and will be acknowledged from the stage at a youth orchestra concert in early spring 2020.

Written Statement:
Two Artistic Statements, one from each Level, will be selected for special recognition with a cash award of $100 each

Repertoire (Approved Repertoire)
Repertoire substitution requests will be considered by the Charlotte Symphony on an individual, case-by-case basis. The deadline for all repertoire approvals is October 31, 2019. Please email YAC@symphonyguildcharlotte.org with any questions.

The music selection must be memorized for competition and must be at least five, but no longer than ten, minutes in length unless pre-approved. Finalists must supply their own accompanist and provide three copies of the musical score with measures numbered for the judges' reference.  Please email YAC@symphonyguildcharlotte.org by October 31, 2019  if your selection does not meet the criteria.

*The Symphony Guild of Charlotte supports every young musician's participation in the Young Artists Competition. If there are barriers to anyone's participation, we ask for the opportunity to assist in removing those barriers, if possible. Please contact us at YAC@symphonyguildcharlotte.org; we are happy to help.