If you wish, you may direct your contribution to any of the following programs.
Young Concert Artists International Auditions
Hundreds of aspiring musicians compete in the annual YCA International Auditions. The Winners are selected by a distinguished jury based on virtuosity, musicianship and individuality All winners join the YCA Roster for a minimum of three years.
YCA manages 25-30 artists on its roster annually, providing them with concert engagements, publicity, and individualized career guidance until they are signed by commercial management. A close relationship between YCA and the artists continues throughout their careers.
The YCA Debut Concerts
The YCA Concert Series provides its new winners with debuts in both New York and Washington, D.C., and introduces them to the public and press at venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Kennedy Center.
The YCA Composer Program
Every 2-3 years, a gifted young American composer is selected to receive management and two commissions to be written for YCA soloists. The commissions premiere in the Concert Series and are performed throughout the country.
The Annaliese Soros Educational Residency Program
YCA artists teach masterclasses, perform, and lead interactive question and answer sessions in schools and colleges nationwide. Through this program, our artists communicate with audiences of all ages and inspire future music lovers.
Modern artists need to be more than simply gifted, highly-trained musicians – they must also be storytellers, entrepreneurs, innovators, business-people, and artist citizens empowered to boldly communicate the power of music. What are the skills needed to shape a life in music that is both satisfying and sustainable? How can a musician become a company of one? What tools will best support the working musician?
YCA is committed to helping a new generation of musicians realize their goals for a self-empowered and self-directed career in music. Through a broad range of career guidance and insight from industry experts, YCA staff, and creative musicians, the YCA Career Catalyst offers a host of resources for learning and growth. The Career Catalyst houses a wealth of online content made available to young musicians at no cost. Check out our weekly blog and video series, as well as our online courses, and soon we will expand to offer career development workshops in NYC, and possible partnerships with music schools and festivals. The world is a better place when creative artists thrive!
Orchestra Partners Program
YCA offers a limited number of US orchestras the opportunity to engage a soloist for a reduced fee. To supplement the reduced fee, YCA provides $1,000 per engagement to the artist.