2020 YOUNG CHAMBER MUSICIANS COMPETITION ANNOUCEMENT
It is with great disappointment that WDAV and Davidson College announce the cancellation of WDAV’s 2020 Young Chamber Musicians Competition due to the threat of COVID-19. This difficult announcement is made with the safety of concertgoers, musicians, jurors, staff, and volunteers involved with the competition as a top priority.
Due to the uncertainty inherent in this crisis and the complexity of moving this event to a future date, we do not plan to hold the Young Chamber Musicians Competition at a later date.
Although the competition will not take place in 2020, the jury did complete its review of applications. WDAV would like to announce the four ensembles who were selected to compete in the final round of the Young Chamber Musicians Competition. Please join us in congratulating these four outstanding ensembles:
Congratulations to our 2020 finalists!
Persée String Quartet
Dasani String Quartet
The Bach Trio
Classical Public Radio 89.9FM WDAV, in collaboration with OrthoCarolina, presents the Young Chamber Musicians Competition. Chamber ensembles are invited to compete for a chance to win their share of $12,000, a studio recording session, performance opportunities, and scholarships to the Brevard Music Institute.
2020 Young Chamber Musicians Competition Canceled, Finalists Announced
DECEMBER 9, 2019 – FEBRUARY 19, 2020
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION BY
FEBRUARY 10, 2020
Register and upload your performance videos
APRIL 26, 2020
Finalists perform, winners selected
First Place: $4,000
+Two (2)-day studio recording session
+Paid performance on 2020-2021 Davidson College Concert Series
First Place: $2,500
+Scholarships of $3,000 each to Brevard Music Institute for every member of the ensemble*
*Acceptance into the Brevard Music Center is based on candidate’s application/audition and studio availability and is not guaranteed. Tuition scholarships may be applied to the summer of 2020 or 2021. Application fees for the Brevard Music Center will be waived for all WDAV Junior Division winners.
WHY ENTER YCMC ?
This is not a “cattle call” competition where ensemble after ensemble is paraded in front of the jury. The four ensembles selected to compete in the Finals are given VIP treatment from the moment they arrive in Charlotte. Transportation from the airport, lodging, several meals, and rehearsal space are covered by the competition.
Be Heard Around the World
YCMC Finals are broadcast live on WDAV – one of the top classical radio stations in the country. Your friends and family across the world can listen in from our website or mobile app. We’ll also be streaming live video of the competition on Facebook, Twitter, and this website!
Submissions are Easy
Online submissions are easy and quick. Plus, we only charge a $35 application fee.*
We’re all about FUN. Sure, competitions can be stressful, but since you’ve come all this way, let’s have a good time, too. You love classical music. We love classical music. This competition is all about the JOY OF PERFORMANCE!
*Contact WDAV if the $35 fee presents a financial challenge for your ensemble.
What are we looking for?
How do we participate?
Early Bird entry fee is $25 for all submissions received by 2/10/19. A submission fee of $35 is charged for all submissions after 2/10/19.* All entries must be submitted via ycmc.wdav.org between December 9, 2019 and February 19, 2020. Entrants must submit two (2) separate classical music works of distinct styles and periods: 1770 and earlier (Baroque and earlier) 1770 – 1810 (Classical) 1811 – 1900 (Romantic) 1901 – present (Modern) Both works must include performance of at least one full movement of the piece in question. They must be the same works the ensemble will perform if selected as a finalist. The two works performed must be submitted as two separate videos. The camera angle of the video must be continuous; no editing is allowed. There is no limit to the length of the works submitted. However, the judges are not obligated to view more than the first 5 minutes of each submission.
*Contact WDAV if the $25 fee presents a financial challenge for your ensemble.
Who's eligible to participate?
Senior Division: The average age of an ensemble competing in the Senior Division must not exceed 25 years of age, with no individual member having reached their 31st birthday by April 26, 2020. * All members of the ensemble must perform on both selected works.
* Once the entry is submitted, changes in personnel are only allowed with the prior approval of WDAV.
Junior Division: Musicians between the ages of 14-18. All ensemble members competing in the Junior Division must not have reached their 19th birthday by April 26, 2020.
How will winners be selected?
A screening panel selected by WDAV will review all submissions and choose the best entries in each age group as finalists. Finalists will be invited to compete in a live competition which will take place at Davidson College the weekend of April 25 – April 26, 2020. The competition culminates with a live adjudicated concert in Davidson College’s Duke Family Performance Hall on April 26, 2020.
Questions? Contact Us.
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DAVIDSON, NC - It is with great disappointment that WDAV and Davidson College announce the cancellation of WDAV's 2020 Young Chamber Musicians Competition due to the threat of COVID-19. This difficult announcement is made with the safety...
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