Frequently Asked Questions
What do I get if I win this competition?
The Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program (YYPA) recognizes outstanding young musicians from the world of classical, jazz and contemporary music. Winners of this competition will be invited to attend an all expense paid weekend awards ceremony at the Music for All™ Summer Symposium, receive a once in a lifetime performance opportunity in front of thousands of students with national press coverage, receive a recording and photos of the live performance, and participate in professional workshops and clinics designed to launch a professional music career. Winners also will enjoy many of the privileges of a Yamaha artist, including services and communication with Yamaha's artist relations department.
Is there only one winner per instrument category?
Not necessarily. Our panel of judges reviews the CDs and is asked to choose the most promising of players. On any given year, they may decide that no one is quite at the level that they expect of a YYPA winner for a particular instrument. This competition does not just pick the best of those who audition, it also requires that the winners be above a certain level of musicianship.
What if I turn 16 the year of the competition but it is after the March 15th submission deadline?
In order to be fair to all of our applicants, you must be 16 by the application deadline on March 15th. If you are not old enough to participate this year, please wait until next year and apply at that time. However, you may turn 22 on March 16th and still be eligible. As long as you are between the ages of 16 and 21 on March 15th, you are eligible for the competition.
May I apply for the competition more than once?
You are encouraged to apply for the YYPA competition every year that you are eligible, however you can only win one time. A completed separate application is necessary, if any applicant wishes to apply for both classical and jazz or on multiple instruments within the same year.
Do I have to play a Yamaha instrument to apply?
No. Although this is a Yamaha competition, it is open to all students. Our judges have no way of knowing what instrument you are playing and are not in any way biased by Yamaha.