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Are you (or do you know) a classical musician age 10 to 21?

MetroArts Inc. is holding the 25th Annual Young Artists Debut! Van Buren Competition & Concerto Concert to promote the performance of classical music by young people in our region.

Through November 30, 2018, we are asking young classical instrumentalists and vocalists to enter our competition. All entrants will be notified if they will progress to the live audition round by December 14, 2018. Winners will be coached January - April 5, 2019 by MetroArts Inc.’s Executive Artistic Director, Niel DePonte, who is also the Conductor for the Oregon Ballet Theatre.   Following intensive coaching, winners will perform at a concert on April 5, 2019 at First United Methodist Church.

Application Process:
–Email admin@metroartsinc.org to notify of your intent to apply.
–Access, complete, sign, and submit the fillable application.
–Make a quality ten-minute recording of a solo concerto performance. You may submit either just the solo, or the solo with piano accompaniment, with no edits or breaks.
–Upload application recording to YouTube and email link in the body of an email to admin@metroartsinc.org.
–Pay the $50 application fee.

Selection Process:
Applications are collected by MetroArt Inc.'s Administrative Staff who are not involved in the selection process. Applications are then anonymized to be presented for judging. The selection committee does not know age, gender, or teacher of applicants and bases selection for the live audition round purely on an artist's skill.

For those selected for the live audition round, 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. 

Questions?
Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions. If you are still have questions, please email admin@metroartsinc.org or call (503) 245-4885.

Apply to become a Young Artist! Deadline is 11/30/2018!

The 2018 Winners Were...

The 24th Van Buren Young Artists Debut! Competition & Concerto Concert winners made their debut on Friday, May 4th, 2018, at 7:30 PM at Trinity Episcopal Church.

The eight artists, ages 11-21, were selected from over 30 semi-finalists at auditions held on January 6th at PSU. 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's orchestras. The concert will be broadcast on All Classical Portland 89.9 FM. and streamed worldwide.

Niel DePonte said of the 24th class, "It was an incredibly difficult choice this year. There were 8 soloists I had to turn down because I just didn't have room on the program for them. Every year the level of competition grows. This year the number of fine string players was truly amazing."

Nicholas Dill, Age 16, Violin

Hanami Froom, Age 11, Violin l Biography

Angie Jiang, Age 16, Piano 

Symphony Koss, Age 16, Violin 

Savannah Panah, Age 21, Soprano

Karlie Roberts, Age 17, Viola

Madeleine Smith, Age 18, Mezzo Soprano

Annie Zhang, Age 15, Cello

Guest! John Fawcett, Age 16, Violin

 

For the 25th Young Artists Debut! application click here. The 2019 Concert will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 at First United Methodist Church.

The 2017 Winners Were..

The 23rd Young Artists Debut! Van Buren Competition & Concerto Concert winners made their debut on Tuesday, May 9th, at 7:30 PM at Lincoln Hall at Portland State University.

The nine artists, ages 12-19, were selected from 34 semi-finalists at auditions held on January 7th at PSU. 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's orchestras. The concert was broadcast on All Classical Portland 89.9 FM. and streamed worldwide.

John Fawcett, Age 16, Violin

Aaron Greene, Age 15, Violin

Joshua Ji, Age 12, Piano

Fumika Mizuno, Age 18, Violin

Tara Palazuelos, Age 17, Mezzo Soprano

Aishani Saha, Age 16, Soprano

Natalie Tan, Age 15, Piano

Rebecca Yakos, Age 19, Soprano

Jenny Yu, Age 15, Piano

Each young artist will perform their concerto at the May 9th concert, and particpate in four 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."

 

Past Young Artists Debut! Winners

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 2017 Young Artists Debut! Sponsors

Our sincerest gratitude to:
The Brookby Foundation
John Van Buren

If you would like to support this effort, please donate to MetroArts Inc. today by clicking here.