2012 Young Concert Artists
International Auditions in New York
 

OPEN THIS YEAR FOR:
PIANO
VIOLIN
VIOLA
CELLO
STRING QUARTET
PIANO TRIO
VOICE
FLUTE
OBOE
FRENCH HORN
TRUMPET
HARPSICHORD
GUITAR

PRELIMINARY AUDITIONS
NEW YORK CITY

September 10 to 28, 2012

SEMI-FINAL AUDITIONS
NEW YORK CITY

November 6, 7, 8, 2012

FINAL AUDITIONS
NEW YORK CITY

Saturday, November 10, 2012

WINNERS’ CONCERT
NEW YORK CITY

Monday, November 12, 2012

For information, contact:

Jennifer DeCinque
Auditions Administrator
YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS, INC.
250 West 57 Street, Suite 1222
New York, NY 10107

Applicants at the very beginning of a musical career who offer repertoire within the categories listed, provide two appropriate letters of recommendation, and are not under U.S. management (except singers – see “Exceptions” below) are eligible to apply. Using these criteria, Young Concert Artists reserves the right to accept or reject applications.

Artists who live outside the U.S. or Canada must be available for concert bookings in the U.S. for a minimum of six weeks (two three-week periods) between September and May of each season, in order to be eligible to audition.

Artists who have auditioned in previous years may apply again and will be considered to be heard again at the discretion of Young Concert Artists. If you have applied since 2008, you are not obliged to submit letters of recommendation, as recent applications are kept on file. However, you must offer repertoire that was not performed in a previous YCA audition.

ARTISTS ALREADY UNDER MANAGEMENT OUTSIDE THE U.S.: Please submit a letter from your management to Young Concert Artists with the following statement: “In the interest of developing a career in the United States for (artist’s name), I hereby give permission and approval for (artist’s name) to enter the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and agree, without reservation, that should (artist’s name) be selected as a winner of the Auditions, he/she may be represented by Young Concert Artists on an exclusive basis for all engagements in the United States for a period of three years; I will make available to Young Concert Artists a minimum of two three-week periods between September and May of each season in his/her schedule for U.S. engagements; and I will take no commission on engagements booked by Young Concert Artists.”

EXCEPTIONS:

A) SINGERS already under management who wish to perform recitals through Young Concert Artists will be accepted for the Auditions if, instead of letters of recommendation, the application is accompanied by a letter from the management to Young Concert Artists with the following statement: “In the interests of developing a new public for song recitals and in creating new opportunities for young singers to perform concert repertoire, I hereby give permission and approval for (singer’s name) to enter the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and agree, without reservation, that should (singer’s name) be selected as a winner of the Auditions, he/she may be represented by Young Concert Artists on an exclusive basis for recital engagements for a period of three years.”

B) ARTISTS IN INSTRUMENTAL CATEGORIES NOT LISTED, who feel strongly that they are ready to begin important careers and wish to be heard this year, are advised to send a letter and brief resume, and may be allowed to submit an application for the Auditions, at the sole discretion of Young Concert Artists.

Application Information

THE APPLICATION FORM: Fill out the application form completely. Be sure to keep a copy of the repertoire you have submitted for your own reference.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Send two letters of recommendation from professional musicians in a position to assess your potential for a concert career. Please include the letters with your application. SINGERS: At least one of the letters must specifically recommend you on the basis of your recital/lieder singing ability (not opera) and be addressed to Young Concert Artists.

APPLICATION FEE: A $75 application fee is required at the time of application. This fee is not refundable if you are accepted for a Preliminary Audition.

The fee may be paid in one of the following forms: online at www.yca.org/auditions; a bank check drawn on a U.S. bank; VISA, MASTERCARD, or AMEX; or by cash.

TO SCHEDULE YOUR PRELIMINARY AUDITIONS, call Ms. Jennifer DeCinque between August 27 and 30. It is your responsibility to call to set up your audition time – you will not be contacted by Young Concert Artists. Call (212) 307-6656.

Recordings

Compact discs may be submitted as Preliminary Auditions by applicants who live more than 200 miles from New York City. You may also submit mp3s online through our website. (See application) Recordings from live performances are acceptable.

The repertoire on your CD may be different from what you plan to perform live in the Semi-Final and Final rounds, if you are passed to those rounds. Write your CD repertoire on your CD. Write your complete repertoire for the live rounds on your application (see REPERTOIRE).

Please put each movement of longer works on a separate track. Write your name, repertoire, and other performers’ names (including accompanists) on the CD case and on the CD itself, and include a photograph (any size).

It is very important for you to listen to your CD before mailing it, to be sure it provides a good audition, as poor sound hampers judgment of your performance. CD applicants who are passed to the Semi-Final Auditions must come to New York to be heard by the Jury.

DVDs, audio-cassette tapes, DAT tapes, and video-cassettes are not acceptable.

THE REQUIRED RECORDED REPERTOIRE IS:

A) INSTRUMENTALISTS: Three COMPLETE Contrasting works of concerto or recital repertoire.

B) VOICE: Two (or more) songs in each of two different languages, plus one aria.

APPLICANTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR TRAVEL and other expenses related to the Auditions.

ACCOMPANISTS: Artists must provide their own accompanists, and page-turner, if needed. Young Concert Artists will be glad to recommend accompanists.

Required Repertoire

Applicants must be prepared to perform complete works. Choice of repertoire, within the required categories, is up to each artist. Works performed in a previous Young Concert Artists Audition may not be submitted again.

The repertoire you list on the application will be the repertoire from which you will be asked to perform during all three rounds (including your concerto if applicable).

Applicants are advised to carefully select repertoire to display to best advantage the full range of their abilities. Instrumentalists: please include the timing of each work submitted.

MEMORIZATION: Concertos and solo repertoire for all instruments and voice must be performed by memory. Scores may be used only in chamber music, sonatas with accompaniment, and contemporary works.

PIANO: a) A suite, partita, or other large-scale work of J.S. Bach (transcriptions are not accepted); b) A Sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert; c) A Sonata or other multi-movement Romantic recital work at least 15 minutes in length (Brahms, Schumann, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Liszt, etc.) (Chopin Ballades and Scherzos do not fi t this category); d) A work written after 1920; e) One additional recital work of your choice.

VIOLIN: a) One complete unaccompanied work of J.S. Bach; b) A Beethoven, Schubert or Mozart Sonata or other Classical work; c) A Schumann, Franck, Brahms, Fauré, Debussy, Ravel or other Romantic Sonata; d) One major concerto; e) One additional recital work of your choice written after 1920.

VIOLA: a) One work of J.S. Bach (transcriptions are acceptable); b) A major recital work of Brahms or Schumann; c) An unaccompanied 20th-century recital work (Hindemith, Reger, etc.); d) One major concerto; e) One additional recital work of your choice.

CELLO: a) One complete unaccompanied work of J.S. Bach; b) One Classical recital work; c) One major Romantic recital work (Brahms, Schumann, Rachmaninov, etc.); d) One major concerto; e) One additional work of your choice.

VOICE: a) Three groups of 4 songs, with each group in a different language – a total of 12 songs (for example, 4 songs in English, 4 songs in German, and 4 songs in French – the songs within each group do not necessarily have to be by the same composer or related in any way other than language); b) One operatic aria; c) If one of the song groups or the aria is not in English, please add one work in English. All songs in English must be originally written in English.

STRING QUARTET: a) One Classical quartet; b) One Romantic quartet; c) One quartet written after 1920; d) Two additional works of your choice.

PIANO TRIO: a) One Classical trio; b) One Romantic trio; c) One trio written after 1920; d) Two additional works of your choice.

FLUTE: a) One work of J. S. Bach; b) Three contrasting recital works; c) One major concerto.

OBOE: a) One work of J. S. Bach; b) Three contrasting recital works; c) One major concerto.

TRUMPET: a) One Baroque work; b) One major French modernist work (Jolivet, Tomasi, Enesco, Francaix, etc.); c) Two additional recital works of your choice; d) One Classical concerto.

FRENCH HORN: a) One unaccompanied 20th-century work; b) Two contrasting recital works of your choice; c) One concerto by Mozart, Haydn or Telemann; d) One 19th or 20th-century concerto.

HARPSICHORD: a) A suite, partita, or other large-scale work by J.S. Bach; b) A work by Handel; c) A work by Scarlatti; d) A work by Couperin; e) Another recital work of your choice

GUITAR: a) A work of J.S. Bach (adaptations from the lute suite or arrangements by Segovia); b) A major piece or group of pieces from the Spanish Literature; c) A work written after 1920; d) Two additional contrasting works of your choice.

Deadlines:

For Live Preliminary Auditions in New York:

The application form, $75 application fee, and two letters of recommendation must be submitted online or by mail by Friday, August 17, 2012.

To schedule your live preliminary audition, call the YCA office at 212-307-6656 between Monday, August 27 and Thursday, August 30.

For Recorded Auditions:
(eligible for those living more than 200 miles from New York City)

The application form, $75 application fee, two letters of recommendation, and the recording must be submitted online or by mail by Monday, August 27, 2012.

Mailed materials should be submitted to:

Young Concert Artists, Inc.
ATTN: Auditions
250 West 57 Street, Suite 1222
New York, NY 10107

Applicants will receive results of the preliminary auditions
by email by October 9, 2012.

 
 
 

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Young Concert Artists, Inc.
250 West 57 Street, Suite 1222
New York, New York 10107
Phone: (212) 307-6655  Fax: (212) 581-8894  Email: yca@yca.org
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