About the 2020 Young Artist Competition

As in last year's competition there is a two-round competition for our senior division, the Tannenwald Prizes.  Contestants in that age group must prepare and submit a YouTube link to the applicant’s vocal recital or concerto level performance with accompaniment. These videos will be evaluated and finalists will be invited to audition live before our panel of judges. Competitors for the Wood Prizes, those 18 years of age or younger, need only submit their applications.  No videos are required from Wood Prize competitors.

  • Tannenwald applicants must have a date of birth after May 2, 1990 and before May 2, 2001, and must be able to audition after 12:00 noon on May 2, 2020.

  • Wood applicants must have a date of birth after May 2, 2001, and must be able to audition during the morning of May 2, 2020.

  • Each entrant must provide the contest committee with biographical information as requested on the application form.

  • A NON-REFUNDABLE application fee of $40 must be received no later than 1 week after the application is submitted. If you are unable to make an on-line payment, please contact our Coordinator .

    • Tannenwald Applications are due on or before February 15, 2020 and must include a YouTube link to the applicant's vocal recital or concerto-level performance with accompaniment. Applicants will be selected for a live audition round on May 2, 2020 based on their video submission.

    • Wood Applications are due on or before March 21, 2020.

    • The application period for either division may be closed earlier if all audition slots have been filled.  In the event the application period is closed early, notification will be made on the PSA web site's home page.

    • A limited number of auditions will be assigned in order of receipt of the applications. The audition schedule will be created when all audition slots have been filled. The contest committee will make all attempts to honor preferred times marked on the application, but these may not be guaranteed.

    • Subsequent applicants will be put on a wait list. Vacancies will be filled by wait list applicants who have availability at the time of the vacancy.

    • If you have an assigned time but cannot attend the competition, please cancel no later than April 18, 2020.  We cannot guarantee priority of those who "no-show" in future competitions.  Please be considerate of other performers on the waitlist and give them a chance to participate if you must cancel.

  • Contestants are expected to perform works of their choice, as indicated in advance on their applications. These selections must be solos (or excerpted solos) for instrument or voice with orchestral and/or choral accompaniment, showcasing the applicant's best musical abilities with different movements from the selections. The contestant must select the work(s) to perform by May 2, 2020.

  • The YAC accepts solo and group concerto competitors, open to all instruments and voice concertos with accompaniment.  Your audition/performance piece must be a concerto for full orchestra and/or chorus.  (For groups competing- prize awards will be as stated.  Winners will need to split the award between contestants/performers on their own.)

  • During the audition, the contestant will be expected to perform the selections with an accompanist. Solo performers will be disqualified. Performances before the judges must be 12 minutes or shorter in duration, and the judges reserve the right to stop the contestant earlier if necessary.

  • The contestants must provide their own accompanists. A list of known local accompanists is available upon request.

  • Contestants will be judged upon musicianship and quality of performance.

  • One First Prize winner will be selected in each of the two categories:

    • The Peter E. Tannenwald Young Artist Performance Award winner will receive a prize of $1000 upon performing with a Philharmonic Society performing organization during its 2020-2021 season.  A $650 Second prize and a $350 Third prize will also be awarded in this competition.

    • The Leonard D. Wood Award winner will receive a prize of $500 and, at the discretion of the Society's musical directors, may be asked to perform with the orchestra or chorus.  A $350 Second prize and a $150 Third Prize will be awarded in the Wood Award category.

  • Contestants will not have access to the audition site prior to the day of the auditions.

  • Contestants will be notified of the judges' decisions not later than one week after the auditions.