With 22 sub-categories divided by instrument, the Music discipline offers YoungArts participants a chance to specify within their craft.

  • Accordion
  • Bassoon
  • Clarinet
  • Classical Guitar
  • Classical Piano
  • Contrabass
  • Euphonium
  • Flute
  • French Horn
  • Harp
  • Harpsichord
  • Music Composition
  • Oboe
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Piccolo
  • Recorder
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Violoncello

This category has very detailed evaluation criteria, based on tone production, technique, rhythm, intonation, interpretation and phrasing. The Music Composition sub-category is assessed by control of medium, musical structure and ideas. Finalists participate in advanced training with highly revered masters in their field as well as interaction with their talented peers.

Each year, the makeup of sub-categories represented in YoungArts Week fluctuates with the applicant talent pool. It is a treat to see the interaction of the young artists, coming together with their own highly developed skill, to compare with their peers from around the nation. YoungArts alumni in the Music discipline have progressed to leading roles with premier orchestras and symphonies around the country.


We consider 23 categories within music.

Notable Alumni

  • Carol Jantsch, 2003Principal Tuba-Philadelphia Symphony
  • Ricardo Morales, 1989 Principal Clarinet -Philadelphia Symphony
  • Sheryl Staples, 1986 Principal Assistant Concertmaster-Violin-New York Philharmonic
  • Jennifer Koh, 1994 Renowned violinist, has performed with New Jersey Symphony, National Symphony of Washington, D.C., and the New World Symphony, amongst others