Young Baroque Artists Competition

  Our annual competition opportunity for high school-age students studying Baroque music. The winners gain valuable performing experience in a BACH season concert and win a cash prize!

Our annual competition opportunity for high school-age students studying Baroque music. The winners gain valuable performing experience in a BACH season concert and win a cash prize!


Application Deadline

Date & Time: Friday, February 1, 2019, 11:59pm
Complete applications must include a form, reference, fee, and audition recording
(see details below).

2nd Round Live Auditions for Finalists

Date: Sunday, February 10
Time: 6:00pm
Location: First Presbyterian Church, Urbana


The competition is open to any Illinois resident who will be 13 to 18 years of age on March 1, 2019, and who is not yet attending college. Younger students may petition to compete. 

Candidates should prepare one or more pieces of movements composed between 1600 and 1750, totaling 5 to 10 minutes in length. Vocal music must be memorized for 2nd Round Auditions. 

The music should be sung by the type of voice or played on the instrument for which it was composed, except that piano may be substituted for harpsichord or for orchestral accompaniment. 

All exceptions to these rules must be approved by the Competition Committee in advance. If an accompanist is needed, the candidate will be expected to provide one. Ensemble groups of two or more soloists may also enter.

Form: Please click here to fill out your YBAC Application form.
Fee: There is a $20 application fee for each entry. This can be submitted by mailing in a check or online with our PayPal.
Recording: Send MP3 audition recording to: ybacsubmissions@gmail.com


Awards

  • There will be a $300, $250 and $200 dollar award for our YBAC winners.

  • Winners will perform at the Young Baroque Artists Showcase Concert on the evening of Sunday, March 3, 2019. Winners must be available to perform during this concert; otherwise their monetary prize will be forfeited.


Questions? Contact Linda Buzard, YBAC Chair, at lbuzard@gmail.com or (217) 344-3426.