Dana Young Artist Competition

The Dana Young Artist Competition, held each year in November, is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students who are enrolled in applied music at the Dana School of Music. The Winners will perform their competition repertoire with the Dana Symphony Orchestra or the Dana Chamber Orchestra. They will also have the opportunity to perform at teh last convocation of the fall semester (on December 8, 2017).

This year's competition will be held on Sunday, November 19, 2017, from 1 to 5 P.M., at The Edward W. Powers Auditorium at the DeYor Performing Arts Center. The competition will be open to the public.

Rules for Contestants

  1. All applicants must be enrolled in major-level applied music lessons at the Dana School of Music for the instrument on which they will perform.
  2. Previous winners of the Dana Young Artist Competition are ineligible, with the exception of students entering on a different instrument.
  3. Only one entry per student per year is admissible. Students may enter once at the junior level, once at the senior level, and twice at the graduate level.
  4. The audition selection must be approved by Professors Stephen Gage, and Joseph Kromholz.
  5. All selections must be accompanied with a piano reduction.
  6. Music must be performed from memory.
  7. All performances at the competition are limited to 10 minutes. Abridged accompaniments (i.e. introductions, tuttis) are encouraged. After 10 minutes, the performances will be cut off without penalty.
  8. The judges may select up to three winners.
  9. Studio teachers are required to withdraw incomplete or unprepared entries prior to the competition day.

Application Procedure

  1. A download of the application form is available on the Dana Young Artist Competition Page.
  2. The complete application form (including cost of score and parts) must be signed by the applied teacher. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  3. Completed application forms must be submitted to the Dana School of Music office no later than 2:00 P.M. on Friday, October 20, 2017.