Voice is one of 10 artistic disciplines in YoungArts’ national competition. This discipline encompasses in classical, jazz, popular voice and singer-songwriter. 

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 an award winner with distinction, this would be my first time attending National YoungArts Week.

Application Requirements

Strong auditions should demonstrate a mastery of technique, the ability to connect to material with a unique personal style, and the ability to convey the ideas, themes, and narrative of each song.

Requirements are for reference only and will be updated in June 2024.

The 2025 YoungArts application opens in June 2024. 


Tips and Testimonials from Winners and Guest Artists

Application tips | Jason Ferrante, National Selection Panelist

Application tips | La Tanya Hall, National Selection Panelist

Application tips for singer-songwriters | Chris Sampson, National Selection Panelist

2023 Application Classical Voice Info Session

2023 Application Singer-Songwriter Info Session

What did you take away from YoungArts? | Julia Goodwin (2015 Voice)

Select Performances from Winners

Kate Li | Classical: Mezzo-Soprano

Ava Preston | Jazz

Mariae Broome | Pop

Sophia Rabin | Singer-Songwriter

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

What YoungArts delivered blew any and all expectations out of my mind. The opportunities, the connections, all of the things that YoungArts has to offer as an organization and as a home for artists is something that could truly be impossible without it.”

— Anthony Josep (2020 Voice)