Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) competition, an annual program that has helped build the musical careers of young talent for more than 30 years. Classical, jazz, and contemporary musicians between the ages of 18 and 22 who are currently studying in the U.S. are invited to apply between now and December 19, 2018. The 2019 winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the YYPA Celebration Weekend at the Music for All Summer Symposium in Muncie, Indiana. There, they will perform before students and music educators, take part in professional career-building workshops, and take home a professional recording and photos of their live performance. Winners will also receive ongoing support and career counseling from Yamaha Artist Services. Applications will be accepted for piccolo, flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, mallet or concert percussion, drums, violin, viola, cello, upright bass, and piano. For full details about applying, visit

Posted December 6, 2018