Young Artists Debut!

Hear legends in the making!

Friday, June 4, 2021

Imagine you'd had the chance to experience musical prodigies like illustrious composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, celebrated violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, and renowned opera singer Leontyne Price perform before they became legends.


You'll have the opportunity to hear six breathtaking young classical musicians showcase their talents alongside members of the Oregon Symphony and Oregon Ballet Theatre orchestras at the 26th Young Artists Debut! Van Buren Concerto Concert.


Starting this past November, these extraordinary instrumentalists and vocalists distinguished themselves from a group of over 20 semi-finalists through a series of rigorous auditions for the chance to appear at this unique annual concert dedicated to promoting the performance of classical music by young people in our region.


Past performers have gone on to win international recognition and perform with some of the most prestigious symphonies and opera companies around the world.

The 26th Young Artists Debut! Van Buren Competition & Concerto Concert Winners are:

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Want to be a 27th Young Artists Debut! Van Buren Competition Winner?  The application is here!

 

Through March 15, 2021, we will ask classical instrumentalists and vocalists between the ages of 10-18 (21 for vocalists) to apply!

Winners receive months of intensive coaching by Cognizart by MetroArts Inc. Young Artists Debut! Conductor Niel DePonte. Winners also receive honoraria, serve as community ambassadors, and become a part of the MetroArts Inc. family. Also, a Young Artists Debut! Winner will be selected as the All Classical Portland Young Artists In Residence.

The experience culminates when each artist makes their debut, accompanied by the Oregon Symphony and Oregon Ballet Theatre orchestras, at the Young Artists Debut! Van Buren Concerto Concert at First United Methodist Church.​


Apply by March 15, 2021, by completing the following steps:

  • Complete and submit the application by 3/15/2021

  • Email your biography and YouTube link to your performance 

  • Pay the $50 application using the PayPal link


Answers to most questions are available in the Application Form.  If you still have questions, text, or call 503-245-4885.

The 25th Young Artists Debut! Van Buren Competition Winners, who performed on April 5, 2019 were:

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Tel: 503-245-4885

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