YTAMC-

Divisions

Candidates will compete in one of four divisions:

• Voice

• Piano

• Strings

• Winds, Brass, Percussion, Harp and Guitar

Preliminary rounds begin Thursday and continue through Saturday afternoon. Two finalists from each division will be selected to compete in the final competition Saturday evening, which is held in concert form. Final judging will take place during the Saturday evening concert with the repertoire and order being selected by the judges. Formal attire is required for the final round. Each candidate will receive a written critique from each judge for one or both rounds.

The YTA Competition Committee, at the recommendation of the judges, reserves the right to alter the finalist selection and also the right to withhold granting a division prize should there be a lack of a suitable candidate.

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YTAMC Stage Crighton Theatre

Audition Requirements

Each candidate will be judged by the highest artistic standards in regard to musicianship, technical proficiency, selection of repertoire, stage deportment and artistry. Formal attire is required only for the finals. All selections must be performed from memory.

Candidates must provide one copy of each selection for the panel. Scores should be unmarked except for measure numbers. No photocopies will be permitted without expressed written permission from the publisher. Scores must not be labeled with names of candidates or teachers. The judges will choose which excerpts of your repertoire they would like to hear, including repertoire for the final round of competition.

Do you have a question about providing scores for the judges? Click here.

Final Round

Finalists’ performances are limited to 12 minutes. Candidates should edit their longer pieces to the time constraints of the concert Saturday evening. One movement of a concerto or other work may be edited for the finals, although preliminary rounds require that the entire work be prepared.

Formal attire is required for the final round of competition. Formal attire shall be tuxedo or white tie and tails for men and formal gowns for women. Regular suits and long ties are not considered formal attire for men and will not be permitted. Candidates not wearing formal attire will not compete in the final round.

If you require water onstage, water will be provided for you. There will be no plastic water bottles allowed onstage during the final round of competition.

Repertoire Requirements

Voice

Three selections of contrasting style in the original key, selected from standard opera, oratorio, cantata, or songs with orchestral accompaniment. Two selections must be in the original language. A third selection of the candidate’s choice may be performed. All selections must be performed from memory.

Piano

A complete concerto or other major work for solo instrument and orchestra.

One movement from a Beethoven Sonata. If the candidate chooses to play one of the Beethoven concerti to fulfill the concerto requirement, another solo of contrasting style and period should be chosen.

All selections must be performed from memory.

Strings

A complete concerto or other major work for solo instrument and orchestra.

A movement of solo Bach.

All selections must be performed from memory.

Winds, Brass, Percussion, Harp & Guitar

A complete concerto or other major work for solo instrument and orchestra.

One complete solo work of the candidate’s choice reflecting a diversity of style and period from the concerto. All selections must be performed from memory.

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Application

Submission Deadline for all materials is December 31st, 2018, 11:59 p.m CST

Application Requirements

  • Visa, Mastercard, or Discover Card to pay the $55.00 application fee. This fee is non-refundable.
  • Visa, Mastercard, or Discover Card to pay the accompanist fee if and only if you choose to use a YTA staff accompanist. The accompanist fee is $100.00. This fee is non-refundable after February 10, 2018. Note--new this year--Accompanist requests after December 31st, 2018 will result in a $150.00 fee. After February 15th, 2018, changes in repertoire for those using a staff accompanist will result in a $50.00 surcharge.
  • Curriculum Vitae in .doc, or .docx format (PDFs will not be accepted). Be sure to list major teachers as references and include their contact information in your curriculum vitae. Please note that a CV is not written in narrative (paragraph) form. Click here for help in writing and formatting your CV.
  • Publicity photo in .jpg format (file size limit is 1 MB). Reduce your file size if necessary. Be sure to include your name in the photo file, e.g.: firstname_lastname.jpg (charles_ives.jpg)
  • Recent audio or video recording. Minimum of 15 minutes of music containing works of contrasting style and period. Submission of a recording is required. The repertoire on your recording does not need to be the same repertoire you intend to use in the live round.
  • Your repertoire list in .doc or .docx format for the competition. PDFs will not be accepted. It must be "program ready," in other words, listed exactly the way you would find it printed in a recital program. It must contain allof the following information:
    1. Composer’s full name and dates (Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), not J.S. Bach)
    2. Complete title of each piece, including catalogue number (Schmieder, Hoboken, Köchel, etc.) and opus number where applicable. Be sure to include the instrument in your concerto title.
    3. The proper name of each movement (usually tempo marking, but not always) where applicable (Allegro con brio, etc.)
    4. The EXACT timing of each piece
    5. The EXACT timing of each movement

 

Once you have the above, you are ready to apply. Please note that YTA no longer accepts checks as a form of payment.

  1. Share the following via Google Drive to youngtexasartists@gmail.com.
    • Publicity photo in .jpg format. Use your firstname_lastname in the title of the file, i.e. robert_schumann.jpg
    • Curriculum vitae in .pdf, .doc or .docx format. Do not send a resume or bio. Unsure of the difference? Click here for information about writing a CV. Use your firstname_lastname in the title of the file, i.e. robert_schumann.PDF
    • Your repertoire list in .doc or .docx format (no PDF). Use first name_lastname.docx
  2. Your files and application must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST December 31st, 2018 for consideration. The content of your recording does not need to include the repertoire you plan to use in your live audition.
  3. Proceed to the online application. Please be sure to have your credit card ready to complete the transaction.

All steps must be completed by December 31st, 2018, 11:59 p.m. CST.

Applications that are incomplete or late will not be considered.

All applications, vitae, and photos will become property of the Young Texas Artists Music Competition and may be used for promotion.