The YCA Susan Wadsworth International Auditions
YCA seeks to rename the annual auditions in honor of Founder Susan Wadsworth with endowment bequests and new donations totaling $2,500,000.
To recognize 58 years of tireless work helping young musicians, and the unique vision she infused into this organization’s mission, Young Concert Artists announces the Campaign to Establish the YCA Susan Wadsworth International Auditions. The annual Young Concert Artists International Auditions represent the heart and soul of YCA. The process takes place over an intense four month period of time, and involves preliminary, semi-final, and final rounds of in-person auditions. A jury of highly accomplished artists evaluate over 100 worthy applicants. The criteria for winning a coveted place on the YCA roster are exceptional musicianship, virtuosity, individuality and promise. The select number of winners who join the roster receive a host of performance opportunities, guidance, and resources as they take the critical first steps to begin their professional careers.
In order to ensure that the auditions remain vital for years to come, the Campaign to Establish the YCA Susan Wadsworth International Auditions seeks to raise $2,500,000 through new endowment bequests and cash donations. Thanks to the generosity of several Board members, YCA is already over halfway to that goal. If you would like to pay tribute to Susan’s tremendous legacy with an endowment bequest you can find out more here. Cash donations in support of the campaign can be made here.
Susan Wadsworth founded YCA in 1961 with a passion to help young musicians. She has a deep love of the auditions and takes great pleasure in experiencing the incredible breadth of talent that emerges with each new generation.
Naming the auditions in Susan’s honor is the most powerful way to recognize her unparalleled contribution to this treasured art form.
Additional Naming Opportunities
within the annual auditions process include:
$750,000 – Final Auditions
$500,000 – Winners Concert
$150,000 – Final Auditions Jury Chair (2 to 3 such positions)
*Naming opportunities are only available through cash donations.