Past Solo Competitions

Congratulations to all our past participants.

2013 COMPETITION
2012 COMPETITION

2011 COMPETITION
2010 COMPETITION
2009 COMPETITION
2008 COMPETITION


Special Thanks

These programs are made possible by an endowment established by the Yale College Class of 1957.

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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 on the YSM stage, and receive commendation in front of the larger NHPS community. Top performers at the 9th-12th grade level are adjudicated and 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 perform and receive commendation as top representatives of their school music program. 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 perform and receive commendation as top representatives of their school music program. This level is open to percussion, string, brass, and woodwind musicians in 7th-8th grades.

9th-12th Grade Level

NHPS 9th-12th grade students perform before a panel of judges made up of music professionals from Yale and community music organizations. Performers must be nominated by an NHPS music teacher or a music department partner (YSM, Music Haven, etc.). There is a 3 student limit per music teacher. This level is open to percussion, string, brass, and woodwind musicians as well as vocalists in 9th-12th grades.