The Young Artist Award

The City of Gaithersburg and the Kentlands Community Foundation present the annual Young Artist Award, a juried competition culminating in a concert for the top prize winners. The goal of the Young Artist Award is to provide musicians ages 12-18 with an enriching artistic experience and encourage them in their love of music

Applications for the competition open in December on the City of Gaithersburg website.  The competition is held in early spring and culminates with a concert by the top three winners in each category.

 

 

Performance Requirements:

STRING SOLO

  • Selections from at least two contrasting music periods
  • Stylistically varied compositions
  • Music should be Level 3 or greater (intermediate to advanced)
  • Memorization is recommended
  • Each participant’s time slot is 15 minutes: maximum performance time – 10 minutes, assessment/discussion – 5 minutes

WOODWIND/BRASS SOLO

  • Selections from at least two contrasting music periods
  • Stylistically varied compositions
  • Music should be Level 3 or greater (intermediate to advanced)
  • Memorization is recommended
  • Each participant’s time slot is 15 minutes: maximum performance time – 10 minutes, assessment/discussion – 5 minutes

PIANO

  • Selections from at least two contrasting music periods
  • Stylistically varied compositions
  • Music should be Level 3 or greater (intermediate to advanced)
  • Memorization is recommended
  • Each participant’s time slot is 15 minutes: maximum performance time – 10 minutes, assessment/discussion – 5 minutes

VOCAL

  • Selections from at least two contrasting music periods
  • The repertoire must contain selections in English and at least 1 other language
  • Music should be Level 3 or greater (intermediate to advanced)
  • Memorization is required
  • Each participant’s time slot is 15 minutes: maximum performance time – 10 minutes, assessment/discussion – 5 minutes