2013 International Auditions
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. If you are applying as an ensemble, you only need to submit one application fee.
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. Letters may also be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. They may be sent by you or directly from your recommender.
APPLICATION FEE: The application fee is required at the time of application. This fee is not refundable if you are accepted for a Preliminary Audition.
Application Fee: $85
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 LIVE PRELIMINARY AUDITION, call Ms. Jennifer DeCinque two weeks after you have submitted your application to setup your audition time. It is your responsibility to call to schedule your audition time – you will not be contacted by Young Concert Artists. Call (212) 307-6656.
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.
TIME: All rounds of the Auditions take place in the daytime. Preliminary and Semi-Final Auditions last about 15 minutes. Final Auditions last 20 minutes. Artists must be prepared to perform complete works and to perform all of the repertoire submitted in every round. The Jury will ask to hear sections of the repertoire.
LOCATION: Semi-Final and Final Auditions take place at Merkin Concert Hall, located at 129 West 67 Street in New York City.
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. Please note: it is preferred for you to submit your audio materials via CD.
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.