23rd Young Artists Debut!
2017 Young Artists Debut Application - Deadline 11/30/2016!
Are you (or do you know) a classical musician age 10 to 21?
MetroArts Inc. is holding the 23rd annual Young Artists Debut! Van Buren Competition & Concerto Concert to promote the performance of classical music by young people in our region.
Today through November 30, 2016, we are asking young classical instrumentalists and vocalists to enter our contest. All entrants will be notified if they will progress to the live audition round by December 14, 2016. Winners will be coached January - May by MetroArts Inc.’s Executive Artistic Director, Niel DePonte, who is also the Conductor for the Oregon Ballet Theater. Following intensive coaching, winners will perform at a gala concert at the Lincoln Performance Hall at Portland State University on May 5, 2017.
For those selected for the live audition round, to be held Saturday, January 7, 2017, artists are required to record his or her audition. Be prepared to bring a small recorder or video camera. This is mandatory. Why? This is an educational competition. Please bring the recording to your teacher(s) after the competition over for review.
The 2016 Winners Were..
The 22nd Young Artists Debut! Van Buren Competition & Concerto Concert winners made their debut on Friday, April 1st, at 7:30 PM at Lincoln Hall at Portland State University.
The nine soloists, ages 9-21, were selected from 34 semi-finalists at auditions held on January 9th at Lewis & Clark College. Winners performed with Niel DePonte, Executive Artistic Director for MetroArts Inc. and an orchestra drawn from the ranks of the Oregon Symphony and Oregon Ballet Theatre orchestras. The concert was broadcast live on All Classical Portland 89.9 FM. and streamed worldwide.
"This is a very special class chosen not only for their current level of artistry but also because our younger soloists show a musical gift that offers the promise of an amazing future in music for them," said DePonte, who also serves as the Music Director and Conductor for Oregon Ballet Theater. DePonte is also a Grammy Award nominated soloist.
Each young artist will performed their concerto at the April 1st concert, and participated in three months of individualized coaching sessions with DePonte. At these sessions, winners not only discussed the interpretation of their concertos, but also how to solo with an orchestra, ways to approach repertoire, and what it takes to be a professional musician.
"These are incredibly talented young people. My goal is to challenge them to move towards even higher levels of performance and interpretive depth over three months," said DePonte. "Working with these kids is the most rewarding work I do every year."
Some noteworthy former Young Artists Debut! Competition & Concerto Concert winners include former Miss America and vocalist Katie Harman, Principal Bassoon of the Chicago Symphony Keith Bunke, 2009, pianist and winner of Germany's prestigious ARD Competition Ben Kim, 2001, and violinist, and currently concertmaster at La Scala Opera House in Milan, Italy, Laura Marzadori, 2005.
Thank You 2016 Young Artists Debut! Sponsors
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