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Young Artists Solo Competition
Begun in 2008, the Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Competition takes place annually in Sprague Hall. A collaboration between the Yale School of Music and the New Haven Public Schools, the competition offers NHPS students the opportunity to perform individually before a panel of judges made up of music professionals from Yale and community music organizations. Top performers at each level are awarded prizes, including tickets for their family to attend a Yale School of Music performance.
Piano accompaniment is required for all levels. Students may either provide their own accompanists or choose to be matched with Yale School of Music graduate student pianists. Students should prepare classical works only, and pieces should not exceed 5 minutes in length. Students must perform on original music, not photocopies.
The Competition is divided into three levels. Read on for more information about each level.
4th-6th Grade Level
Each New Haven K-8 school may nominate up to three students to compete. This level is open to percussion, string, brass, and woodwind musicians in 4th-6th grades.
7th-8th Grade Level
Each New Haven K-8 school may nominate up to three students to compete. This level is open to percussion, string, brass, and woodwind musicians in 7th-8th grades.
9th-12th Grade Level
NHPS 9th-12th grade students must be nominated by an NHPS music teacher or a music department partner (YSM, Neighborhood Music School, Music Haven, etc.). There is no limit on the number of students per school. This level is open to percussion, string, brass, and woodwind musicians as well as vocalists in 9th-12th grades.