Jazz is open to composers and instrumentalists. Strong auditions showcase the artist’s individual work, technical expertise, and highlight the artist’s unique and original sound (if you are a jazz vocalist, please see voice).
Take master classes with accomplished musicians such as Shelly Berg, Gerald Clayton, John Clayton, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, and Jason Moran
Become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
Receive a lifetime of mentoring and professional support
Connect to educational and artistic development opportunities
Am I Eligible
To apply to YoungArts, artists must be:
A citizen of the United States or permanent resident/green card recipient (copy of documentation is required in the application)
15-18 years of age or in grades 10-12 on December 1, 2017
Please also note that Finalists who have previously attended YoungArts Week are not eligible to apply in any discipline/category. We encourage these artists to participate in alumni programming. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
How To Apply
Review the requirements in the category you want to apply in
Prepare the required submission materials
Complete the application on Acceptd, an online application tool
Pay the $35 application fee or get a fee waiver.
Fee waivers are available to qualified applicants, which will cover the entire cost of your application fee. To receive a fee waiver, you must upload required documentation (please see below). In order to successfully SUBMIT an application for review, these documents must be uploaded in the Payment section of the application prior to the October 13, 2017, 11:59pm EST deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS. One of the following documents is required for your fee to be waived:
An approved ACT or SAT testing fee waiver or NACAC College Application Fee waiver form.
Document that states you participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).
Document from a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
Letter from a teacher, guidance counselor or other school official stating that you qualify for and receive financial aid.
Verification letter from an official YoungArts Education Partner (Overture, Spotlight, Texas Young Masters, Aspen Music Festival, BUTI, Brevard Festival, From the Top, or Ryman Arts)
Click SUBMIT by October 13, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST
hear from alumni & master artists
Dr. Ronald C. McCurdy | National Selection Panelist in Jazz
Ignacio Berroa | Master Artist
Emmet Cohen | 2009 Winner in Jazz
select performances from winners
"Just You, Just Me" arranged by 2016 Winner Luca Mendoza
"Inner Urge" arranged by 2016 Winner Abdulrahman Amer
"Peanut" composed by 2016 Winner Philip Norris
"Limehouse Blues" performed by 2016 Winners in Jazz
"All World" composed by 2016 Winner Anthony Hervey
"At One Point" composed by 2016 Winner Emmett Sher