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2013 Promising Young Artist Festival and Competition

Promising Young Artist Scholarship Competition
Sunday, March 10, 2013 | La Sierra University | Hole Memorial Auditorium

The La Sierra University Department of Music invites all high school juniors and seniors (or equivalent home-school students) to participate in the 2nd Promising Young Artist Scholarship Competition. Both instrumentalists and singers are invited to apply.

  • The first-place winner of the competition will receive a $10,000 scholarship to attend La Sierra University, and a $500 cash prize, and a chance to perform their winning piece at one of the University’s Spring Concerts.
  • The second-place winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship to attend La Sierra University, and a $350 cash prize.
  • The third-place winner will receive a $1000 scholarship to attend La Sierra University, and a $150 cash prize.

All participants of the festival will receive a voucher for a complimentary lesson with our music faculty for a later date.



  • Student must be a high school junior or senior (or equivalent home-school students). Juniors qualify for third prize only, but can participate again in their senior year.
  • Student must provide their accompanist; in extenuating circumstances the university may provide an accompanist if arrangements are made in advance.
  • Pre-recorded music accompaniment will not be accepted in lieu of an accompanist
  • Student must provide an original copy of his/her piece and three additional copies for adjudicators.
  • Student must submit a letter of recommendation from his/her music instructor.
  • Student must submit competition repertoire, including exact details of titles and individual movements, the duration of each work or of each separate movement no later than FEBRUARY 10, 2013 for screening purposes. It is suggested that the student choose two contrasting works that display lyric and technical ability or one large work that contains both (please see Repertoire Guideline section of the application).
  • Total length of audition not to exceed 15 minutes.
  • Complete applications including the $50 registration fee must be received no later than FEBRUARY 20, 2013. Checks can be made out to: Department of Music 4500 Riverwalk Parkway Riverside, CA 92505 - please write “Promising Young Artist” on the memo line
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted


  • The top 3 prize-winners must abide by the following stipulations in order to fully redeem the amount/scholarship:
  • Student must be enrolled in at least ONE major ensemble and ONE chamber group each quarter.
  • Student must maintain a 3.2 GPA each quarter (must provide proof of GPA to the music dept. each quarter).
  • Student must take a minimum of 14 units each quarter.
  • Student must maintain good academic and citizenship standing.
  • Failure to abide by the agreed stipulations may lead to loss of their scholarship.
  • All scholarships must be coordinated with the student’s other financial aid awards, and may be subject to adjustment.

For further information, please contact the Department of Music by email,, or call the office at 951-785-2036.


Repertoire Guidelines

Vocal Applicants:
Applicants must be prepared to present three musical compositions:

  1. One Italian art song or aria from 18th century or before.
  2. One art song in English
  3. One selection of the applicant’s choice. It may be from Broadway theatre repertoire.

*All selections must be performed from memory.
** Faculty may ask applicants to sing several scales to check vocal range during the actual performance

String Applicants:

  • Fast movement from a 19th or 20th century concerto
  • Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied Bach sonata or partita
  • One concert piece of applicant's choice


  • One movement from any standard concerto (i.e. Walton, Bartok, Hindemith, Stamitz, Hoffmeister)
  • Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied Bach solo suite (originally for cello)


  • One movement from any standard concerto
  • Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied Bach solo suite
  • One concert piece of applicant's choice

Double Bass:

  • Two contrasting movements from a Baroque sonata (i.e. Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, Corelli)
  • One étude

Keyboard Applicants:

  • Bach, Prelude and Fugue, Toccatas, Fantasies, or selections from his suites (French, English, and Partitas)
  • A movement from a classical sonata
  • Your choice of repertoire from the Romantic or Contemporary period

*Applicant must be able to play any major or minor scale and arpeggio and sightread an example from the literature.

Wind & Percussion Applicants:

  • Prepare two selections that are contrasting styles from different periods


  • Prepare one selection demonstrating your technique and control on two of the following instruments that you play: snare drum, xylophone or marimba, timpani, and drum set.
  • You may be asked to sight-read.

* Faculty may ask applicants to play major or minor scales during the actual performance on the keyboard mallets
** Faculty may ask you to demonstrate basic rudiments



*Guidelines are subject to change. If you have any questions or concerns about the repertoire you plan to present please contact the Dept. of Music to connect with the area director. 

This form closed on February 24, 2013 12:00 AM PST