Young Artist Program auditions/scholarship competition June 3

The Mason Gross School of the Arts Young Artist Program will host auditions and its annual Scholarship Competition on Sunday, June 3, 2012. 

Scholarship Competition
Classical and jazz instrumentalists and vocalists ages 8-22 are invited to audition for acceptance into the Young Artist Program on Sunday, June 3, 2012, at 2 p.m. in Schare Recital Hall*. To participate in the audition, parents must complete the Young Artist Program application form (click here for online form) and submit it to the Extension Division office no later than Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Scholarships worth $650 each will be awarded to the top two students, covering their membership fee for the year. Additional $500 and $250 scholarships are available. Students must be enrolled in private instruction through the Mason Gross Preparatory School to be eligible for the scholarships.

*Current Young Artists are scheduled to perform their juries on the above date/time, and this performance will count toward the scholarship competition.

Young Artist Program
This comprehensive program is available to talented musicians between the ages of 8 and 22.
Entry into the program is reserved for dedicated students with a desire for advanced and intensive musical training. In addition to weekly private lessons and music theory/composition classes, Young Artists learn from and perform for master teachers, including university faculty members, via workshops, master classes, and clinics that take place several times each year. They also receive informal performance opportunities during Young Artist Forum in preparation for recitals and jury examinations. To participate in the program, students must be nominated by their private lesson instructor for a placement audition.

In addition to weekly private lessons and music theory/composition classes with Mason Gross Extension Division faculty, Young Artists participate in the following:

-Young Artist Forum
Students gain performance experience and exposure to new repertoire while developing listening skills in a small group setting. Coaches create a supportive environment in which students can “practice” performing and receive feedback from other students and faculty to assist them in preparation for future performances. Young Artist Forum meets once a month on Sunday afternoons.

-Workshops, Clinics, and Master Classes
Guest artists, Extension Division faculty and university faculty present workshops, clinics, and master classes several times a year during Young Artist Forum and other events reserved especially for our Young Artists. Young Artists are given opportunities to perform for these master artists and faculty members in the master class setting.

-Jury Examinations
Examinations occur at the end of each year. Young Artists perform for a panel of faculty members who provide constructive feedback on student progress. 

-Young Artist Recitals
One recital each semester is reserved especially for our Young Artists, giving them the opportunity to perform longer, more complex works. Program participants are encouraged to perform their most polished repertoire for Young Artist recitals each semester.

Young Artist membership: $650 per year. Membership is by nomination and audition. The membership fee covers participation in Young Artist Forum, workshops, master classes, and jury examinations. Students register for private instruction and music theory/composition classes separately.  The program runs September to May.