Join the Roster!
Winners of the YCA International Auditions and Composer-in-Residence Search represent the future of classical music, and we invest in their careers so they may spend a lifetime bringing the gift of music to audiences around the world. Throughout their tenure, emerging artists benefit from YCA’s connections with the industry’s managers, concert presenters, conductors of major orchestras, and financial supporters, as well as its long-standing reputation for discovering and furthering the careers of extraordinary young artists.
2020 YCA International Auditions
Each year after a rigorous audition process, Young Concert Artists chooses a new group of stellar young musicians to add to its roster with the promise of debuts in both New York City and Washington, DC, followed by at least three years of career management. This includes providing performance opportunities, promotional and marketing services, travel arrangements, educational residency experience, and extensive professional development.
Preliminary Rounds: Selected dates between September 9 – 28, 2020
Semi-Final Rounds: November 2, 4 & 5, 2020
Final Round: Sunday, November 8, 2020
COVID-19 Update: YCA is committed to ensuring the safety of all artists during the upcoming auditions. We plan to proceed with the dates listed below, and we are ready to make all necessary accommodations in order to meet local and state health regulations, including: sanitizing warm-up room and audition room between each audition, scheduling gaps between each audition, requiringing masks and strictly following physical distancing protocols. If it is not possible to hold the auditions according to this schedule, we will either postpone the 2020 auditions to the spring of 2021, or we will conduct all rounds of the auditions virtually – in this case, we will be in touch with each artist individually to guide them through the process. If you have any questions or concerns related to COVID-19 and your participation in the 2020 auditions, please contact Erol at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final Round Jury will be listed here this summer.
Watch the livestream on Sunday, November 8 – beginning at 9:30 AM!
YCA Composer Program
Young Concert Artists also discovers the most talented new composers through a selection process that takes place every two years. Over the course of a two-year residency, YCA’s new Composer-in-Residence collaborates closely with artists on the YCA roster to fulfill two commissions, bringing two new compositions to life in high-profile debut concerts in New York City and Washington, DC.