Classical Music

Classical Music is one of 10 artistic disciplines in YoungArts’ national competition. This discipline is open to orchestral instrumentalists, pianists, and composers. 

Classical Music practice during National YoungArts Week

Competition Eligibility

To be eligible, you must be able to answer ”Yes“ to these statements:

  • I am either a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident/green card recipient, or I can demonstrate that I am legally able to receive taxable income in the United States.  
  • I am in grades 10–12 or 15–18 years of age on December 1 of the year I am applying. 
  • If I’m selected as a Finalist, this would be my first time attending National YoungArts Week.

Application Requirements

The strongest auditions demonstrate excellence in the craft of playing or writing, the ability to reveal the nuances of each work, versatility, and a truly personal style.


The 2024 YoungArts application opens June 2023.

Have Questions?

See our FAQ for answers to common questions about the competition and application. 

Tips and Testimonials from Winners and Guest Artists

Application tips | Pascal Le Boeuf (2004 Classical Music, Jazz), National Selection Panelist

How is YoungArts different? | Marina Lomazov, National Selection Panelist

How would you describe YoungArts? | Chase Park (2015 Classical Music)

How did YoungArts change your life? | Dave Eggar (1987 Classical Music), Guest Artist

What is your experience of YoungArts? | Daniel Bernard Roumain, Guest Artist

Select Performances from Winners

"Jeux de plein air" (1917, Tailleferre)

"Cinq Pièces en Trio" (1935, Ibert)

"Adiós Nonino" (1959, Piazzolla)

"Ecstatic Samba Piano Trio No. 3" (2018, Kevin Day)

"Passacaglia Duo for Violin and Viola" (1894, Halvorsen)

"Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11" (1797, Beethoven)

Andy Park (2020 Classical Music) performing during National YoungArts Week

My fellow Classical Musicians were the shining stars for me; their young yet accomplished talents always startled me with awe.”

— Andy Park (2020 Classical Music)