Young Artist Program Scholarship Auditions Announced

Four 25% scholarships are available for violinists and violists accepted by audition to the Young Artist Program of the Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division.

There is one special award for an outstanding violist: one violist will be selected to perform on a viola made by renowned luthier Carleen Hutchins for the entire semester. Hutchins created a cello which Yo-Yo Ma has performed on; Hutchins has been regarded as the modern day Stradivarius.

Instrumentalists must be between the ages 9-18 and scholarship recipients must commit to the Young Artist Program semester schedule, including rehearsals starting on March 1, 2014. The semester runs February 1–June 7, 2014.

Audition requirements are such: students must perform two selections of contrasting tempo and musical era from their current repertoire. (For example: an allegro classical selection and an adagio baroque selection.)  Students should also prepare major and minor scales representative of their current technical level.

The audition will last approximately 15 minutes. Please expect an informal interview with the program director and attending faculty. It will also include an assessment of the student's understanding of music theory. This if for class placement purposes only. Students may also be requested to demonstrate sight reading ability.

Want to apply? Click here to complete the audition application form. Application deadline is February 17 and the audition date is February 21 at 6 p.m. or by arrangement.

A typical Saturday schedule for the the Young Artist Program runs so:
  • 9-9:50 a.m.                     Chamber ensemble rehearsal               
  • 10-10:50 a.m.                 Chamber ensemble coaching or musicianship class (music theory) pending placement
  • 11-11:50 a.m.                  Chamber ensemble coaching or musicianship class (music theory) pending placement
  • 11:50 a.m.–12:15 p.m.   Lunch
  • 12:15-1:45 p.m.               Young Artist program Forum
  • 2-3 p.m.                          Chamber ensemble coaching/rehearsal (note: for most, the day concludes at 1:45 p.m.)

About the Young Artist Program

The Mason Gross Extension Division of Rutgers University and the Bravura Youth Orchestra have collaborated to offer an exceptional new Young Artist Program for instrumentalists and composers, ages 9-18, and vocalists ages 14-20.

The mission of the Young Artist Program is to provide comprehensive and intensive musical training for dedicated, gifted and advanced young instrumentalists, vocalists and composers. The Young Artist Program aims to educate, motivate, and inspire excellence and artistry at every level. 

Young Artist Program members participate in weekly chamber ensembles coached by our outstanding faculty. They also participate in musicianship training classes (music theory – ABRSM, RCMDP & AP Theory – and music history) and Young Artist Forums. Young Artist Forums are master classes with visiting artists, special presentations by guest lecturers and performance workshops.

 The Young Artist Program is NOT a private lesson program. Students may study privately with whomever they wish, wherever they wish. We do not ‘poach’ students from instructors. It is our goal to supplement private lesson instruction with musicianship training, chamber ensembles and a wide variety of Young Artist Forum experiences. 

Click here to see faculty, upcoming forums, semester dates and tuition fees.

In the meantime, check out our next forum:

Chamber Music Workshop
Presenter: Dr. Allison Brewster Franzetti, pianist, chamber musician, Director of the Extension Division’s Adult Chamber Music Program, and Grammy-nominated artist.
Performers: Young Artist Program members
Cost: FREE
When: Saturday, February 15, 2014, 12:15-1:45 p.m.
Where: Walters Hall, Room 240. Douglass Campus, Rutgers University. Parking is available free of charge in Lot 74A and 79.  For maps and directions, please visit here. GPS coordinates are: N 40.48572; W 074.43348 (these coordinates will lead you to the Nicholas Music Center and parking lots that you may use.)
IMPORTANT:  if you use GPS and plan to input an address, please input 85 George Street and not 81 George Street.

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Our coaching faculty include the outstanding teaching artists listed below. Their biographies can be found here.
Chiu-Ling Lin, piano                                    Brennan Sweet, violin
Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano                  Ning Mu, violin & viola
Mira Kang, cello                                         Lindsey Gamble, violin & viola
Daniel Mumm, cello                                    Pamela Stein, voice
Jordan Enzinger, cello                                 Alexandra Porter, voice
Veronica Parrales, cello                              Cyril Bodnar, trumpet
Paul Undreiner, composition                        Ray Henricksen, euphonium

For more information, contact Stephen Komar, Young Artist Program Coordinator, at or check out our webpage.

Posted February 2014