Audition and Repertoire Requirements

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.

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.

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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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