- Dec 12, 2016 to Jan 14, 2017
Entries must be postmarked by the entry deadline
- Saturday, March 25, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
University of Washington School of Music
Open to the Public
Seattle Young Artists Music Festival is open to young musicians, grades 5
through 12, who strive to improve their artistry in the performance of
classical music. The week-long event gives young artists a unique
opportunity to be heard, adjudicated, and inspired.
Instrumentalists in piano,
strings, and woodwinds perform and receive masterclass adjudication and
instruction in an unparalleled educational experience. Students perform
individually or in small groups before professional music educators whose
mission is to nurture confidence and guide students toward improved
technical and musical performance.
Adjudicators from across
the country are brought to Seattle just for this event and include faculty
and performing artists from the best conservatories in America. Past
Adjudicators include representatives from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
in New York, Juilliard, Eastman, Curtis Institute, The Cleveland Institute,
Oberlin Conservatory, Indiana University, and other top tier music
Seattle Young Artists Music Festival Association was founded in 1970 with a
non-competitive philosophy. The majority of classes are in the three
Non-Competitive Instrument Divisions and the Non-Competitive Concerto section
for young artists seeking the performance and instructional aspects of the
Festival without the pressure of a competitive environment.
For those who do enjoy the
challenge of competition, a single Competitive Concerto Division is offered.
Students entering this division have the opportunity to be selected as
concerto finalists, where the most accomplished are invited to perform with
a professional orchestra. The experience helps prepare aspiring young
musicians for the rigors and rewards of a performance career.
Since 1970, the six-day
festival has enabled more than 600 young people each year to perform and
experience music in a way not otherwise available to them, and serves as a
powerful motivation for the countless hours of practice and effort put forth
by these classical music students throughout the year.
All performances of the
Seattle Young Artists Music Festival Association are open to the public.
Teachers are encouraged to attend and to observe the techniques of other
educators in their fields. Music lovers, arts supporters, and young people,
especially, are most welcome to attend the Festival and discover for themselves
the magic of music and the joy of performance.