Kennesaw State University School of Music
Young Artists Competition

Application Deadline – Saturday, December 1, 2018
Divisional Final Round – Saturday, February 2, 2019
Grand Prize Round – Sunday, February 3, 2019

The Kennesaw State University School of Music Young Artists Competition seeks to engage and showcase the most talented, pre-college instrumentalists in the Southeastern United States. Awards include the opportunity to perform as a featured soloist in concert with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and the Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra, cash prizes, scholarships, and more.

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Application, Recording, and Fee Deadline:
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Application Fee: $100


  • The competition consists of three rounds – divisional preliminary (recordings), divisional final (live performance), and grand prize (live performance).

    There are three divisions in the divisional rounds:

    • Strings
      • Violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, and classical guitar
    • Woodwinds/Brass/Percussion
      • Flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, horn, trumpet, tenor trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion
    • Piano


    Divisional Preliminary Round

    For the divisional preliminary round, participants must submit a complete, unedited video recording of them performing their competition piece as part of their application; accompanists are not required, and memorization is also not required for this round. All recordings will be reviewed by a two-person jury comprised of Kennesaw State University School of Music faculty. The jurors will select up to 10 (ten) participants from each division to advance to the final round for their division. Participants will be notified of the divisional preliminary results via email not later than Saturday, December 15. The decision of the juries is final and cannot be appealed.

    Divisional Final Round
    For each division—strings, woodwinds/brass/percussion, and piano—all finalists will be heard live by a three-person jury comprised of Kennesaw State University School of Music faculty; the competition director will also serve on each divisional jury, ex officio. Divisional final round performances will not be public. Performance order will be determined in advance by the competition director. The three voting jurors will deliberate and may select winners to advance to the grand prize round. Juries may choose not to select a winner in their division. Honorable Mention citations may be awarded at the discretion of the jury. The decision of the juries is final and cannot be appealed.

    Grand Prize Round
    For the grand prize round the division winners will present a public performance in Kennesaw State University’s renowned Morgan Concert Hall. The grand prize jury will consist of the Music Director and Conductor of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and two other professional musicians from the Greater Atlanta metro area who are not directly affiliated with Kennesaw State University; the competition director will also serve on the jury, ex officio. Performance order will be selected at random. Division winners will be alotted up to 1 hour of rehearsal time in the performance hall on the day of the competition. Following the performance, the three voting jurors will deliberate and may award the grand prize; the jury may choose not to award the grand prize. The decision of the jury is final and cannot be appealed.

  • Grand Prize Winner:

    • $3,000 cash prize
    • Perform as featured soloist with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra (or, in the event that the winner has chosen a piece with wind ensemble accompaniment, the Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble).
    • $10,000 merit scholarship ($2,500 per year for up to four years) to attend Kennesaw State University as a music major beginning the fall following the student’s graduation from high school.
    • Invitation to perform at the Great Performances Concert Series in Highlands, NC.

    Division Winners:

    • $1,500 cash prize
    • Perform as featured soloist with the Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra (or, in the event that the winner has chosen a piece with wind ensemble accompaniment, the Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble).
    • $8,000 merit scholarship ($2,000 per year for up to four years) to attend Kennesaw State University as a music major beginning the fall following the student’s graduation from high school.
    • Invitation to perform at the Great Performances Concert Series in Highlands, NC.

    Division Honorable Mention:

    • $6,000 merit scholarship ($1,500 per year for up to four years) to attend Kennesaw State University as a music major beginning the fall following the student’s graduation from high school.
  • In order to participate in the competition, applicants must satisfy ALL of the following criteria:

    1. Applicant’s primary residence during the academic year is in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, or Mississippi.
    2. Applicant is actively enrolled in high school (grades 9 through 12) or homeschool equivalent, but has not yet graduated at the time of the competition.
    3. Applicant is not older than 19 years of age at the time of the competition.
    4. Applicant may not be a previous divisional or grand prize winner of the KSU Young Artist Competition.*


    *Divisional and grand prize winners in previous years are not eligible to compete again. Participants who received honorable mention citations in previous year may compete again. Scholarship awards for previous participants are NOT cumulative; students will receive only the highest scholarship amount awarded in any single competition. (For example, if a participant received an honorable mention scholarship, competes again and wins their division, they will receive only the higher of the two scholarship amounts-the divisional winner award-not both the divisional winner and honorable mention citation scholarship amounts.

  • Works
    Any piece (single-movement or multi-movement, subject to duration restriction) that features a single soloist with orchestra (or wind ensemble) accompaniment. The piece need not be specifically titled “concerto.” Ensemble accompaniment scores and parts must be available for purchase or rental. Original compositions by applicants may not be used. Compositions may not be premiered as part of the competition. The competition director retains final approval of whether repertoire may be performed in the competition; should a piece be deemed inappropriate for any reason, applicants will be notified within seven days of their application submission and may re-apply with a different piece.

    Duration
    Complete performance (single movement or all movements, if performing a multi-movement work) may not exceed 20 minutes in duration.

  • Accompanists are required for the live performance rounds: Divisional Final Round and Grand Prize Round. Accompanists are encouraged, but optional for the video recordings submitted with the application for the divisional preliminary round. Competitors are responsible for arranging their own accompanists, including scheduling and compensation. In the event that a competitor does not have a regular accompanist or their accompanist is unavailable, a list of qualified accompanists affiliated with KSU is available here; competitors are responsible for all arrangements and compensation for these KSU affiliated accompanists, as well. "Green Room" space and practice rooms with pianos are available for warm-up on the day of the competition; please contact the competition director if you would like to schedule space at a specific time on the day of the competition.

    KSU-Affiliated Accompanists – Contact Information

  • Application and Preliminary Divisional Round Recording Deadline and Fee
    Completed electronic applications—including the recording for the preliminary divisional round—must be submitted AND application fees paid in-full by 11:59 pm on the stated deadline. As part of their application, competitors are required to submit a URL link (via YouTube, Vimeo, DropBox, etc.) to a live, unedited video of them performing their competition piece. Incomplete applications, applications submitted after the deadline, applications that do not include a video recording, and applications submitted without payment of the application fee will not be considered. The application fee is non-refundable.

    Memorization
    Preliminary Divisional Round—Not required
    Divisional Final Round and Grand Prize Round—Strongly encouraged, but not required
    Note: Divisional and Grand Prize round winners may be asked to perform from memory in concert with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra or KSU ensembles, at the discretion of the ensemble’s music director.

    Repertoire Selection
    Once an application has been accepted, the applicant may not change their chosen repertoire for the competition. Applicants will perform only the composition listed in their application in all rounds of the competition and in performances by winners with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Kennesaw State University ensembles.

    Competition Performance Order
    Divisional Final Round: The competition director will establish the performance schedule and order for all divisions. Applicants will be notified of their performance time via email at least two weeks in advance of the divisional final round. Assigned times may not be changed.

    Grand Prize Round: The grand prize round will begin at 3 pm on the second day of the live performance portion of the competition. Once all division winners have been announced, the competition director will randomly select the performance order and then finalize the schedule. Division winners will be alotted up to 1 hour of rehearsal time in the performance hall on the day of the competition. Division winners will be notified via email as soon as those details have been determined.

    Individual Practice Space
    Kennesaw State University School of Music facilities will be made available to applicants during both days of the competition for warm-up and practice purposes only. 

    Communication with Jurors
    The competition director is the primary point of contact for the competition. Direct communication from competition applicants, their family members, associates, or representatives to competition jurors during the two days of the competition is strictly prohibited. Any communication from competition applicants, their family members, associates, or representatives to jurors at any time that can be reasonably construed as an attempt to influence the outcome of the competition is, likewise, strictly prohibited. Violations of these terms regarding communication with jurors will result in immediate disqualification.

    Scores for Juries
    The jurors will not review music scores as part of their evaluation of applicants’ performance or deliberation following the performance.

    Competition Travel and Housing
    All costs associated with travel, lodging, and meals related to participation in the competition are the responsibility of the applicant.

    Divisional Preliminary Round
    For the divisional preliminary round, participants must submit a complete, unedited video recording of them performing their competition piece as part of their application; accompanists are not required, and memorization is also not required for this round. All recordings will be reviewed by a two-person jury comprised of Kennesaw State University School of Music faculty. The jurors will select up to 10 (ten) participants from each division to advance to the final round for their division. Participants will be notified of the divisional preliminary results via email not later than Saturday, December 15. The decision of the juries is final and cannot be appealed.

    Divisional Final Round
    For each division—strings, woodwinds/brass/percussion, and piano—all finalists will be heard live by a three-person jury comprised of Kennesaw State University School of Music faculty; the competition director will also serve on each divisional jury, ex officio. Divisional final round performances will not be public. Performance order will be determined in advance by the competition director. The three voting jurors will deliberate and may select winners to advance to the grand prize round. Juries may choose not to select a winner in their division. Honorable Mention citations may be awarded at the discretion of the jury. The decision of the juries is final and cannot be appealed.

    Grand Prize Round
    For the grand prize round the division winners will present a public performance in Kennesaw State University’s renowned Morgan Concert Hall. The grand prize jury will consist of the Music Director and Conductor of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and two other professional musicians from the Greater Atlanta metro area who are not directly affiliated with Kennesaw State University; the competition director will also serve on the jury, ex officio. Performance order will be selected at random. Division winners will be alotted up to 1 hour of rehearsal time in the performance hall on the day of the competition. Following the performance, the three voting jurors will deliberate and may award the grand prize; the jury may choose not to award the grand prize. The decision of the jury is final and cannot be appealed.

    Grand Prize Award
    The grand prize winner will receive a check for $3,000 within 30 days of the competition. Additionally, they will perform their winning piece with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra (or, in the event the winner performs a piece accompanied by wind ensemble, the Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble) during the season immediately following that of the competition. The performance date and rehearsal schedule will be determined by the Music Director of the performing ensemble. The winner will be provided hotel accommodation of one total room for themselves and one adult guardian for up to five (5) nights for the performance. All other associated costs—including travel, food, activities, and additional accommodations—are the responsibility of the winner. The winner will receive an offer of at least $10,000 in merit scholarship ($2,500 per year for up to four years) to attend Kennesaw State University as a music major beginning the fall following the student’s graduation from high school. The winner will receive an invitation to perform at the Great Performances Concert Series in Highlands, NC, from the Artistic Director of the series. 

    Division Winner Awards
    Division winners who do not receive the grand prize will each receive a check for $1,500 within 30 days of the competition. Additionally, they will perform their winning piece with the Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra (or, in the event the winner performs a piece accompanied by wind ensemble, the Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble) during the season immediately following that of the competition. The performance dates and rehearsal schedules will be determined by the Music Director of the performing ensemble. Winners will be provided hotel accommodation of one total room for themselves and one adult guardian for up to five (5) nights for the performance. All other associated costs—including travel, food, activities, and additional accommodations—are the responsibility of the winners. The division winners will receive an offer of at least $8,000 in merit scholarship ($2,000 per year for up to four years) to attend Kennesaw State University as a music major beginning the fall following the student’s graduation from high school. The winners will receive an invitation to perform at the Great Performances Concert Series in Highlands, NC, from the Artistic Director of the series.

    Honorable Mention Citations
    Honorable Mention citations are awarded at the discretion of the divisional-round juries. Recipients will receive an offer of at least $6,000 in merit scholarship ($1,500 per year for up to four years) to attend Kennesaw State University as a music major beginning the fall following the student’s graduation from high school.

  • For more information, contact:
    Dr. Nathaniel Parker, Competition Director
    Director of Orchestral Studies, Kennesaw State University School of Music
    470-578-4901
    nparke22@kennesaw.edu
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