2017 Young Artists Audition Information

The final Auditions were held on October 14 at Pepperdine University.

Congratulations to all the winners and their teachers.

See winners.


Before filling out the application, please read the rules for your division and make sure you have uploaded your YouTube performances.

Winners of the Classics Alive Young Artists Auditions are selected based on exceptional musicianship, technique, ability to communicate as a performer, and future potential. The jury is given the flexibility to select multiple winners.

2017 Audition Prizes Include:

  • Up to $4000 in total cash prizes
  • Inclusion on the Roster of Classics Alive Young Artists
  • Evaluator’s comment sheets
  • Other performance and outreach opportunities

    In addition, the Grand Prize Winner of Division A will be awarded:
  • An Artist Management Contract for 2 years or more which may bring concert engagements throughout the U.S.
  • Solo concerto performance with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra in Colorado
  • Other Solo Concerto Performances with participating orchestras in the Emerging Artists Partnership Program. See a list of participating orchestras
  • Solo performance on a Classics Alive Presents Concert
  • Career guidance regarding publicity and promotional materials


Young musicians who reside in the United States or who study with a teacher in the United States and who meet the age requirements for their respective divisions as of June 30, 2017 are eligible. Applicants cannot be under U.S. management, but may have management abroad. Students who have previously won a Grand Prize in the Division they are entering are not eligible.

Important Dates

Applications and video links deadline – June 30, 2017

Semi-Finalists Announced
   August 15, 2017

Finalists Announced
   August 20, 2017

   October 14, 2017, Pepperdine University - Our Judges

Instrumental Categories

Woodwinds and Brass
Plucked Instruments (guitar, harp, etc)

Age Categories

Division A – Ages 18 to 30...rules and procedures
Division B – Ages 14-17...rules and procedures
Division C – Ages 10-13...rules and procedures
Division D – Ages 9 and under...rules and procedures

Video Preliminaries

Preliminary Auditions will be judged via uploaded performances to YouTube. Be sure to record and upload your audition performances (one performance per link) before filling out your application because you will need to provide the link on the Application Form.

Please read the rules for your category before filling out the application.

An application fee is required when submitting the application. Payment is via Pay Pal or credit card.

Semifinalists in all age divisions and categories will be eligible to be a part of the Classics Alive Ambassador Program Community Outreach.

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