2024 Young Artist Competition Application

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Young Artist Competition Rules and Regulations (revised 10/22/2023)

Teacher Recommendation Letter: Must be submitted with your application.

Applicant understands that no applications will be accepted without uploading the Teacher Recommendation Letter.

1. High School Division is open to students in 9th-12th grade, one winner may be chosen. Middle School Division is open to students in 6th-8th grade, one winner may be chosen. Former winners must wait at least 12 months to apply for the same division. Must be Colorado resident.

2. The competition is open to singers and those who play an orchestral instrument, including piano.

3. A YouTube video/audio link no older than 6 months and recorded in one continuous take without editing or manipulation must be submitted. Applicants playing an instrument should perform 5-10 minutes of one accompanied movement of a concerto or a single-movement work for solo instrument and orchestra. Singers should prepare song cycles, opera scenes, or groups of arias, rather than one single short work.

4. Instrumentalists or singers may indicate on their application the request to perform a complete multi-movement piece. If chosen for an audition, the applicant will perform one full movement for the Audition Committee, and, at the Committee's discretion, portions of other movements. If an applicant auditioning on a multi-movement piece is chosen as a winner, the BSO may program either the entire work or a single movement.

5. All applications, videos, letters of recommendation, and non-refundable application fees must be received by the published deadline.

6. The BSO has a limited budget, and music selection is subject to approval. The piece should be available in the public domain or obtainable for purchase or rental within reasonable budget limitations.

7. A link to a sign-up for in-person auditions will be sent via email, and time slots are on a first-come, first-served basis. Audition date and location are not negotiable; however, an alternate date will be provided in the event of severe weather. Any minor must be accompanied by their parent/legal guardian or the parent/guardian's adult designee at the audition, rehearsals, and the performance. The only exception shall be when the minor is performing on stage.

8. In-person auditions will take place before an Audition Committee. Pieces must be accompanied and memorized.

9. Applicants must supply their own accompanist for the in-person audition. Both the applicant and accompanist will have use of grand pianos.

10. Applicants will be judged on mastery of their musical or vocal instrument, as well as stage presence.

11. The first place Middle School Division winner and the first place High School Division winner will be notified within one week after the in-person audition date. They will be invited to perform with the Orchestra at the May 11, 2024 concert and will be notified of required rehearsal and concert dates.

12. A $750.00 award will be provided to each winner either at the May 2024 concert or mailed to their address on file. This will be the total amount whether a winner performs a single movement or a complete concerto.

13. Transportation to or from the in-person audition, rehearsals, and the concert is not provided.

14. Winners agree to provide a head shot photo and bio to be used by the BSO for marketing purposes. They also agree to sign a Release of Audio, Photograph, and Video Agreement.

15. This policy can be amended at any time without prior notice.

16. The decision of the Audition Committee is final.

17. Failure to abide by these rules and regulations may result in an applicant's disqualification.

Important Dates

Complete application materials and fee must be received by January 26, 2024.

Invitations for in-person auditions will be sent via email by January 30, 2024.

Auditions will be held at the DaVinci Center for Musical Arts, 555 Alter St., Broomfield on February 11, 2024.

Winners will be notified by February 15, 2024.

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