2017 Young Concert Artists
“Now more than ever, Classical Music needs fresh voices and new, passionate perspectives. Young Concert Artists does incredibly important work by providing invaluable services and connections to emerging composers at a critical moment in their careers. YCA changed my creative life and work, and it can change yours too!”
– Andrew Norman, YCA Composer
The YCA Composer Program was founded 23 years ago by YCA’s Alumni Association to discover and support exciting young composers and to provide opportunities for collaboration with excellent performers. Since the inception of the program, YCA has brought 9 exceptional composers to public attention: Dan Coleman, Kevin Puts, Kenji Bunch, Mason Bates, Daniel Kellogg, Benjamin C.S. Boyle, Andrew Norman, Chris Rogerson, David Hertzberg, and, most recently, Tonia Ko.
Applicants for the Composer Program must be between 20 and 26 years of age at the time of applying, and must be recommended for the program by an alumnus/alumna or current artist of Young Concert Artists, a member of YCA’s Composer Recommendation Panel, YCA’s Advisory Board, BMI or ASCAP. The applicant must be living in the United States and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Composers who have previously applied to the Program may reapply, but must submit different repertoire.
Applicants must submit scores and recordings of three original compositions, along with a completed application form, a résumé or bio, a letter of recommendation, and a $75 application fee payment. Deadline: submissions must be postmarked by Tuesday, February 28.
To apply, or for more details, email Erol at email@example.com.
A selection panel comprised of YCA Alumni – many of whom are distinguished proponents of contemporary music – listen to CDs and review the submitted scores. Two or three finalists are selected. The final choice is made by the YCA artist who will premiere the composer’s first YCA commission the following season.
The new Composer-in-Residence receives two $5,000 commissions from YCA. The works are written for and premiered by YCA artists in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York and in Washington, DC, and also performed on the artists’ concert tours. Thus, the composers have their music performed by remarkable interpreters with whom they work directly, and are assured premieres in prestigious venues. In conjunction with performances of these commissioned works, YCA arranges interviews, pre-concert lectures and other publicity to help advance the composer’s career and the public’s appreciation of contemporary music.
The most unique component of YCA’s Composer Program is that each composer joins the YCA roster and is provided with career management services. YCA’s managers promote each composer’s career and develop opportunities for performances of existing works, new commissions, as well as residency programs with orchestras and new music institutions nationwide.
The talents of YCA’s composers have been recognized with numerous prizes and accomplishments including, The Grawemeyer Award for Music, a Pulitzer Prize, a Heinz Medal in the Humanities, three Rome Prizes, two Berlin Prizes, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the first Benjamin H. Danks Commission from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, five Charles Ives Fellowships, over twenty ASCAP awards, numerous BMI prizes, a Koussevitsky Prize and many prestigious commissions from renowned performers such as Evelyn Glennie, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne Akiko Meyers, and Jeremy Denk, and from orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Amarillo Symphony, the Mobile Symphony, the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Erol Gurol, Auditions Coordinator
Young Concert Artists, Inc., 250 West 57 Street, Suite 1222, New York, NY 10107
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