Houston Young Artists’ Concert
The mission of the Houston Young Artists’ Concert (HYAC) is to showcase highly talented young classical musicians ages 4 to 18 in a variety of venues throughout the city with the hope of fostering a greater appreciation for Classical music in the Houston area.
Houston Young Artists’ Concert is searching for gifted young musicians from the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area (75 mile radius of downtown Houston) to be recognized as the most promising performers from this corner of the world.
HYAC presents over 30 concerts each year in Houston’s recital halls, Miller Outdoor Theatre, MD Anderson Cancer Center and other unconventional spaces. All winners of the HYAC biennial audition will be given opportunities to perform in those concerts over the next two years.
Applicants must be between the ages of 4 and 18 at the time of the audition and reside within a 75 mile radius of downtown Houston. All instrumentalists, pianists and vocalists are eligible. Small ensembles are especially encouraged to audition. With a separate application an applicant may apply for multiple entries (e.g. violin solo & string quartet).
Applicants may perform any work from the classical repertoire of Western or Eastern cultures. The time limit is 6 minutes for soloists and 8 minutes for ensembles. Cuts in the accompanimental introduction/interludes are acceptable as long as the music flows naturally. Cuts made in the solo part are subject to approval by the HYAC music director. Repertoire should be chosen for audience appeal and will be subject to approval by HYAC’s music director. Simplified arrangements will not be accepted. All soloists must perform from memory. Ensembles and accompanists are allowed to use sheet music.
All soloists must provide their own accompanist for the audition. An accompanist under the age of 25 is recommended. The soloist and accompanist are judged separately. If only a soloist is chosen, he or she will be required to use the staff accompanist when performing at HYAC sponsored events. If both soloist and accompanist are chosen, the accompanist may become an HYAC staff accompanist. If help is needed finding an accompanist for the audition, please call Beatrice Stanley at 281-332-7978.